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Unbeliever's Yearning

Updated on January 1, 2013

Standing on high, hands cold,

not another soul to behold.

Half a mile up, just the way I like,

made it worth the hike.

Just rocks and wind and sky,

It’s not mine to ask why,

but to find and thank just one

then this journey would be done.

The bench, it does invite,

in cold comfort, these words I write.

with silence, space, and time,

clarity no longer sublime.

A peace is here, I’ve found

so high above that ground

where I started long ago,

many steps and thoughts before.

Still, the earth is calling,

but I’ve no heart for this falling

until I’ve found that special one;

this walk will not be done.

Does one stand with me, I mumble;

was it me that caught my stumble?

or shall I let the world continue

to set my skin against my sinew?

This quest shall not be done

before I’ve found that one

makes me think when all is quiet,

yearning to thank one so.


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      5 years ago

      Thanks for your thoughtful response Ryan....I do appreciate it.

      Hope you enjoy your day!

    • Ryan McGill profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan McGill 

      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Thank you for your kind words Helen. I really enjoyed your work and am glad you have found something you like in mine. No apology needed; we are all here for each other, acknowledged or not, it doesn't matter.

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      5 years ago

      Hello Ryan,

      I really liked reading your was well written, and the photos are beautiful too. ......also, I want to apologize....because you had visited two of my poetry hubs and I hit the approve button after reading your kind comments. I thought that I had responded back to you, but while I was looking at these hubs tonite, I realized that I hadn't responded....I am so sorry!!

      Take care, Helen

    • Ryan McGill profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan McGill 

      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Thanks so much Valleypoet. The phots are all from Pinnacles National Monument just south of Hollister, CA, USA, where I wrote the piece. I look forward to reading some of your works. Cheers!

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      5 years ago

      Nicely done, an enjoyable read, and some great photos:-))

    • Ryan McGill profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan McGill 

      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Brewski: Thank you for your kindness; I will write as long as I am able, welcome!

      Monis: Thank you; glad you liked it.

      Daily: I share because most of what I write is as surprising to me as anyone else!

      Chris: Peace to you as well; your obeservations are very astute.

      Rob: That also is my favorite line. I won't publish a piece if there isn't at least one line that makes my hair stand on end. I have never taken a single class, so I guess it must come naturally. That is one 'why' I will never seek the answer to!

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      5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      REALLY good! I especially like the line: "to set my skin against my sinew". You write really well. Does it come naturally or have you taken classes? (Or both?)

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      Chris Hames 

      5 years ago

      Very nice, Ryan! It's hard not to wonder how such amazing beauty and all the complexities of the universe came to be in this world of ours. I too yearn to understand, especially when I am perched on a mountaintop. Perhaps our quest for ever knowing for sure will be an endless one.... but I'm humble enough to believe that I need not know all the "right" answers to make the most of my journey along the way. Peace, friend.

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      5 years ago from Davao City

      Thank you for sharing this awesome piece of art!

    • Monis Mas profile image


      5 years ago

      Wonderful work! Tender and warm words!

    • brewskitimeguy profile image


      5 years ago from Maine

      Such beautiful words...enjoyed veery much...please keep writing


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