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Poetry to Escape In

Updated on November 16, 2015

My Love Affair With Poetry


I've been writing poetry since I was 13. It's something that flows naturally out of me like notes through a musician. I enjoy writing lines that contain visual words, with little focus or meaning, but rather convey an emotion or experience. Then, when read, the meaning can be twisted and conformed by the reader to construct a personal meaning based on his feelings at the moment or on the reader's memories. It's the type of poetry that can be read several times and display a different message each time. Sometimes my poems rhyme and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they are happy, sometimes sad, and other times angry, depending on my mood at the time of creation. Here is a small sampling of poetry I've written over the years.


The Mystery of Nature


Sunlight gasping for life,

Through grumbling puffs of black and gray,

Like joys dancing admist moments of strife,

Streams of unconsciousness through broken clouds sway.


Shadows dancing across floating fields of green,

Shivering leaves fluttering silently on their branches,

Glistening water droplets combine to offer lake's gleam,

Rocky hills reach for the friendly sky on its haunches.


Peaceful mist embracing the ground to form wetness,

Calming winds blow forest fragrances through the air,

Perfuming the earth with a sweet melody of lightness,

Consuming my senses with beauty that welcomes me there.


The Positive Sides


The Mountain Dew is greener on the other side,
The dancing fizz tickles my eyes like magic,
Forget inhibitions, worries, and your selfish pride,
Take off your blindfold and forget all stories tragic.

Winter's sorrow has taken a vacation for the summer,
I guess my heart is thawing in his smile's brightness,
It was solidly frozen in broken ice, all it knew was scorn and bummers,
Taking the burden off was hard but worth it for heart's lightness.

Beauty my eyes behold in life's sunsets and sunrises,
God takes away what I want for my sorrow but His gladness
Joy can be found in the pain of life, like goodness in disguises,
I have to trust Him and His plan not my desires and selfish badness.

I'm not aware of what future awaits me,
I only know that every happiness and peaces left are from Him,
Including the one that makes my heart smile with more then just glee,
Makes my life feel grounded and level as if helped by a shim.

I guess I'll surrender to beauty I can't control,
If beauty means I'll be able to take hold of him,
If not, I guess the experience was worth the toll,
At least another pathway away from darkness and grim.


Midnight Musing


Do you hear me in the night air,

Do you see me standing out there,

Staring down at city lights so bright,

While you gaze up at pinpoints of light.


Does the moon speak to you like it does to me,

Haunting minds and souls with its quiet mystery,

Or are you asleep awakened to a world of dreams,

Where imagination and reverie burst at your mind's seams.


I wish I was there to hold you in my arms,

To see your bright eyes and keep you from harm,

Instead I'll stand out here all alone,

Until my heart is near you, resting at home.


Fly Away


I saw a butterfly today,

It flapped its wings among the gray,

Resting neatly on a wilted flower,

Waiting for some lonely, cold shower,

But before I could wish it was a brighter day,

The fairy-like creature opened wide and flew away.



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      5 years ago

      voted up

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      Looking at this again; intriguing lines:

      'I guess I'll surrender to beauty I can't control,

      If beauty means I'll be able to take hold of him,

      If not, I guess the experience was worth the toll,

      At least another pathway away from darkness and grim.'

      This time I confess I don't quite follow what you mean?

      (If 'mean' here refers to something distinct to 'feel'.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      It's been awhile since I wrote that poem, so I'm trying to decipher it myself. I think it's describing one that is about to give herself over to love or the possibility of love. She knows, from past experiences, that falling in love sometimes ends in tragedy. Although, she does appreciate that she might at least be happy for a time with this guy. The girl thinks that the experience is worth the risk and might be worth some of her time.

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      5 years ago

      Interesting; thank-you for the explanation. I was wondering also what you really might have meant by 'surrender' and 'take hold'. Clearly it was something risky and temporary.

      I guess the vantage point of faith would emphasize permanence and marriage, but I may not be correctly interpreting your line of thought completely.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Sometimes when you have a crush or new relationship, you have to make the decision to surrender to your feelings or be logical (sometimes) and go another direction. Sometimes one might feel his or her feelings are so strong that they can't do anything but let go and let them reign (thus surrendering). I think I meant that by taking hold of him, I would be commiting to the relationship and letting it blossom.

      It is conveying a sense of faith that love will grow between two people, but the ending isn't displayed. Therefore, the girl is hoping that it will lead to marriage, but realizing that a learning experience will be had no matter what(along with a period of happiness) before things could possibly go awry.

      I hope that made some sense.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, thanks; it's clearer now. :)

      Some people might interpret 'I guess I'll surrender to beauty I can't control' to mean something like 'I'll surrender to uncontrolled passion', but I can see from your explanation that you didn't really mean this, and I didn't really think you meant this, either. :)

      Ty again for your patient explaining.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I'm glad you understood that I was talking about emotions and not the physical part of a relationship. Your welcome; anytime. :)

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      5 years ago

      Yes, I don't think any of your poetry (that I can recall, anyway) is about the physical side.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, you are correct.

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      5 years ago

      Phil. 4.8

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile image
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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I will have to read that later. I must get some sleep now. Good night or good day (whatever's appropriate)!

    • Ebower profile image
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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      That's a good verse; I agree.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, I find it a wholesome encouragement myself.

      Blessings.

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      Renee S 5 years ago from Virginia

      Beautiful.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, lovelypaper! :) I really enjoy writing poetry and I'm glad you liked it.

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      Zac828 5 years ago from England

      Really lovely and powerful words ebower, voted up and keep writing the poetry. x

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Zac828! I will definitely continue. Thanks for voting and commenting! :)

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      5 years ago

      Yes, keep it up! Blessings.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Great post...Nice

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, htodd! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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