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Poem: A Friend Inspired

Updated on February 19, 2016
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Tim Mitchell has been writing poetry since high school. He enjoys exploring them, the many forms, and writing them

Tranquil Friend Upon Shore Awaits Strength's Touching Soul


Half Journey until Full

The sea’s quiet stirs welling want of my friend,

Distant shore adrift this craft slumbers sleepless,

Upon stirred waves adrift blinded, bonds empty,

‘Tis amiss night’s darkness betwixt differing moons.

Alas, no longer of presence once was doorway silent,

Heart beckons whilst eyes scratch plummeting rain,

Head upon stern bow barely trembles weeping soul,

‘Tis pale moon’s journey betwixt between midnight.

Hunger thirsts empty of water among stains of wine,

Hollow scroll pen hidden faded dusk shadows dance,

Merry of friend upon painting songs glee now forgotten,

Moon strikes of hour ‘tis fallen depth of mighty hands.

Stretched arms awaken warmth hidden today’s misty fog,

Brine of sea rustles cloaking path closer friend upon shore,

Words upon heaven’s veil cast new songs arouse stares,

Forgotten moon half company half ‘tis luster full of heart.

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

— Carl Sandburg

© 2016 Tim Mitchell


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      Tim Mitchell 24 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Hi Peg! Thanks for visiting and commenting. It is appreciated and encouraging too . . .

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      Peg Cole 24 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Deep and meaningful imagery. Reminded me of being on a tempest-tossed boat at night.

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Yes Jodah. I ponder us being here in this hour of before dawn ;-) Thank you for seeking this poem adding to our journey. I hope your journey brought light to the inspiration of the other poem we chatted at. Perhaps discovered is the form and format offered there. Do have a most wonderful day as I ponder the Hub you inspired mystically and magically. Thanks!!!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Tim, I imagine this was the poem you referred to in the other I commented on. I thought I would read this first and then proceed to your most recent. I love the quote by Carl Sandburg: "Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance," and feel it suits this poem.

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Good morning :-) Thank you for the comment it is appreciated. You have inspired me to reread it. thanks!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most lovely and inspirational poetry.

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you kj force. Nice to see you again. My hope is all goes well with your journey today leading onward. I believe you maybe right "All living things depend on each other for existence". I shall ponder with earnest the wisdom shared. :-)

      I kinda' like that quote too Sannel saying how life feels at times. I know we each have a friend upon a nearby shore as the poem shares. Thank you dearly for visiting and commenting. :-))

      I am happy to see you Eric. Perhaps one of those Sunday sermons added to inspiration for the shared vision. Thank you! :-)

      Hello Frank and good to see you today. Thank you for commenting bringing a smile to me today. :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Strong grouping of words.. playing dramatically.. loved it

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful bit of work here. I like it.

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      Sannel 2 years ago

      "Hunger thirsts empty of water among stains of wine" Sounds like a friend I know. ;)

      This is truly a dramatic and impressive poem, Tim! Great write for a dear friend! I hope your friend knows what a great friend it has.


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      kjforce 2 years ago from Florida

      tsmog..very poignant words...if only humans could realize the importance of how life balances are what carries us all to the tomorrows. All living things depend on each other for existence. Beautifully written..thansk for the share..kj