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Grounded Gypsy

Updated on August 16, 2011

Copyright 2011

Erin LeFey


In the middle of life’s adventures

Following the North Wind

Suddenly, it turned South

I followed the only road left to travel

Settled my soul into this place I call home

The music that sets my soul alight

Smiles that make my spirit soar

Love that binds me to hearts so pure

Stars that lull to sleep each night

this chained body, unable to roam


Yet I shed tears for places I long to see

The Gypsy’s heart longing to be free

Above cliffs with waves crashing on rocky shores below

In Silent meadows of flowers between my mountains

Ancient cities where ruins cry out stories of centuries past

All those dreams I have still in my heart to run and run

Toward beaches of pink sand floating in crystal green seas

Hot jungles wrapping treasures of lost villages of ancient man


Time is neither friend nor foe to me

Hope is the same; for one window to open, a door must close

And neither is a comfort to me tonight here by the raging fire

In the flames, I can see forever

So like liquid heat it seems in its center, burning orange and gray

Yellow and orange flames consume the black wood

While white and gray coals lay beneath unaffected

By the falling rain

Like tears cascading all around

The heat surrounding me, I remain dry and warm

In the same place, for hours

Staring into the embers, no wiser

But trying to settle this wild Gypsy’s soul



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    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Prasetio, Of course you can dance! Thats why they play such beautiful music and have all the drumming and bells - to entice people to dance! Thanks for stopping by and for rating up. Take care of you.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      May I dance with you. This hub makes me want to keep move and shake my body. You make this so beautiful. Thanks for writing this. Rated up. Take care!


    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Docmo, you got it. that's how we are...chained in place by love and responsibility and obligation - when the gypsy soul longs so much to fly free - its a feeling a lot of people just ignore, but me being me of course, have to give everything its proper due...

      The gypsy that remains...

      and Stevie Nicks rocks.

      Thanks for the vote up!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      Beautifully rendered. The beauty of the fire and the emotions of the wandering gypsy .. reminds me of my own lazy wanderer. I must have a gypsy in me - I have wandered for miles and now though I ma physically and emotionally anchored by my loving family there my mind is the wanderer, the restless gypsy seeking new places, faces and adventure. Love this! voted up.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Hi Linda, I think there's a little gypsy in every woman ;) Some of us though, wonder if there will ever be real peace in any one place...

    • lindatymensky profile image


      7 years ago

      I really enjoyed this poem. It reminded me of me.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Dear Epi, sleep and I'll come guide you in some awesome dreams. My mind never settles. Have you seen "Chocolat" - its a movie about a gypsy, and Johnny Depp is in it, its wonderful. I don't know what it is, I find it hard to stay in the same place for very long, but with this ailment now, I'm kind of grounded. And that's a hard thing to take, even if I had no real plans for leaving, I'd be planning my escape route just about this time of year! Love and Peace.

      At what age can you stop soul searching, its so tiresome. I know the workings of my brain inside and out, now I'm coming up with things I never thought I'd be exposed to just for fodder. I should be sensing a change sometime, don't ya think?

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      .....well keep soul searching my friend - because it inspires your writing - and I love your spiritual poetic journeys .......please my sweet dream-maker don't let them stop - and certainly don't wake me up!!!!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Hi Sally, it IS an oxymoron, and to answer your question - not for long, I don't think. :)

      Hi Skellie, thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

    • skellie profile image


      7 years ago from Adelaide

      Really enjoyed it, thankyou

      Cheers Skellie :)

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! The idea of a grounded gypsy is a bit of an oxymoron. Is the idea of home enough to settle the roaming soul?

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Genna, I think I've always felt that way! What's the secret to get past it?

      Ruby, heading over there now... :)

      Christina, thanks so much!! Stay dry today!!! I can't believe all this rain!

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This is Beautiful!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Erin, you need to go to( fossillady ) new hub , she wrote it today. You are having a good old time. Hee

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Staring into the embers, no wiser

      But trying to settle this wild Gypsy’s soul..."

      Ohhh...I used to feel the very same way. Beautiful.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Martie, shezoe, mckbiirdbks, ruby, thanks so much for coming by and sharing a moment with me - I'm feeling this so much today. its so nice to know i have company, and great company at the gypsies that and peace.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think we all have a Gypsy inside, waiting to step out. I loved this.... Beautiful.

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Rated Up.

    • SheZoe profile image


      7 years ago from Idaho, USA

      soul touchingly vivid. i can relate

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      You've draw me into this poem. I would not mind staring into those flames right now, waiting for a window to open.... Voted up and awesome!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      vv68, you've hit the nail on the head...brightest blessings

    • vietnamvet68 profile image


      7 years ago from New York State

      the weary Gypsy with an unsettled soul, great write Erin, enjoyed the read.

      God Bless


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