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The Jetty

Updated on October 26, 2012
Jetty Storm from Belnat Source: flickr.com
Jetty Storm from Belnat Source: flickr.com
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Metereological Sestina from jackaloha2 Source: flickr.com
No Fear from Milena Mihaylova Source: flickr.com
No Fear from Milena Mihaylova Source: flickr.com
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After the Storm from Jan_ice Source: flickr.com

The Jetty

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


At the end of a jetty on a stormy day,

I sat perched at the edge, between abyss and decay,

and all I could consider was the safety in fear,

and my reticence to struggle in the life I hold dear.


It struck me like a bolt as I hunched up all wet,

my dilemma was plain, all tied up in debt,

the guilt of my failure or the lack of me trying,

that whisper inside me, was my fear simply lying.


With those torrents below me, beckoning me to fall,

and the wind gusting through me, pushing to stall,

I found myself separate, my path to decide,

do I sit there at the edge or swim for the ride.


With careless abandon and nothing to lose,

I rolled forward and fell in that salt foaming ooze,

and as silence descended under water so dark,

my heart but surrendered, and with life I must part.


Limp and accepting I looked up to the sky,

and through the chopping of water a light struck my eye,

and as I did surface and air filled my lungs,

I saw dark clouds parting and the blue filled with sun.


A calm hit the water, gentle lapping replaced,

and the storm just relented, my fear all erased,

that one step into uncertainty had transformed my bleak view,

and the struggle I so avoided was my perception imbued.


The first step is the hardest.



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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Aubrey, nice to here from you.

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      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Very touching, Tony. It feels very personal as well. I can certainly relate to that "first step". Good work. :)

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you liked it Christin, and I presume we share a birth year. T'was a fine vintage.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Decisions are always the most difficult step, then once movement is attained, we wonder why we took so long to move. Thanks for dropping by Peggy.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for dropping by Eddy, it's nice to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed my poem.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      So glad you enjoyed it sligobay. I was pleased with the metaphor, it related well what I wanted to say.

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      sligobay 

      5 years ago from east of the equator

      Surrender to insurmountable forces with the shield of faith will first submerge us in a baptism of sorts but faith is the buoyancy which raises us from the depths of despair to the settled seas and sunlight of the calm. This is a wonderful metaphor for faith as the strongest power in the universe in my humble view.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      A great poem and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your last sentence says it all. "The first step is the hardest." That is always the case when faced with changes in one's life. Good poetry and message! Up and useful + sharing.

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      Ann-Christin 

      5 years ago from UK

      Brilliant poem and you are right the first step is always the hardest.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Jon, but you do realize its a metaphor. lol. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Jonathan Yun 

      5 years ago from Clifton, Virginia

      Amazing! You've got me convinced to jump off the next jetty I come across! What an inspirational poem Tony DeLorger

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