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Unknown Journey

Updated on February 28, 2014
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In the misty morning I walk

Dispelling the damp shadows

My steps echo off brain textured brick

While ghosts of past children drip from the moss

And slip their white fingers into the folds of my coat

Seeking the warmth of my fever

My thoughts run before me

Warding off jesters and fools

Disguised as juggling ruminations and random decisiveness

While my memories scream in agony

As they are dragged behind me

Across the graveled barrows path

While I debate whether this is an attempt at escape

Or a blind stumble into surrender

As I labor to ignore the vision through the broken fog

Of an open door as I pass

Where I witness a florist inhaling live roses from one hand

While a cat eats a dead rat from his other

O cover me cloud

Weave a bough above me Oak tree

And conceal me awhile longer

Upon this unknown journey

Because surely Sol will show his face soon

And point the way for the hand of fate

To place upon my brow

The helm of his choosing

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Cyndi. I appreciate the kind words

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is so beautifully and darkly composed. I felt transported to the scene with your very descriptive words. Excellent writing. Take care

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Philly!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Sounds like a very traumatic experience.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Mike.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      A great poem, Wayne that I really enjoyed reading.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Well, and a 'how do you do' to you too! : ) Thank you very much, Clark for the kind words. I have seen your name and your picture floating around and have finally been able to lock in on you...and now I think I will be enjoying another range and variety of wonderful hub writing.

      Well met!

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      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      You, Sir, are my Major Discovery of Recent Life! This poem shows an exceptional touch, a rare sense of connectivity, a deft--almost invisible--transference of relevance from one object/experience/idea to another. I hope you can manipulate all the nonsense in your life--earning a living, living up to parental obligations, you know, all that stuff--and make poetry more than a "hobby". The art would be the better for it. Thank you.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Darryl.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Deb.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Chillingly enjoyable :-)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wayne, have you ever captured the essence of life vs. death. Love it.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      LOL = ) I won't tell

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Shanmarie. I'm glad you appreciated it.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      The imagery you create.. . of the children, the moss, the open door, and the oak. . .I really don't have the words to express much about it right now.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you baby girl. Of course I'm biased, but your comments mean more to me than anyone's. (Just don't tell Erika I said that ) : )

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      What can I say that hasn't already been typed by all of the above? Like a dreamworld... Dad I just can't say enough how much I admire your wonderful way with words

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, my brother in arms, thank you very much for your sincere kindness. I am always appreciative to see you because I know where you have come from. To know that someone else can really relate to your expression is a comfort and an inspiration. Continue the journey my friend!

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Nicely written with choice words only a true poet can conjure from his/her Muse. I see you've captured your audience? and so you should. You my poet have the gift. Keep writing, they will follow, they will read and they will be mesmerized by your work.Peace and blessings I send to you this day.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Alur, thank you for the visit and for the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Kim

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      ALUR 4 years ago from USA

      Thoroughly impressed. I often too hide in solace of nature, avoid the ghosts of the past: "While ghosts of past children drip from the moss"-only because I am not quite ready for harsh reality. Lovely to read and haunting because it brings much pain from my perspective...

      You're welcome to read/rate my versatile hubs as well!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Poetic Masterpiece.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Audrey!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you LaThing. You are too nice!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Vellur.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Such a strong write Wayne!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Dear Eddy, thank you so much!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Rasma, thank you for stopping by and for sharing on FB!!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Fascinating! I felt like I was there in that alleyway.... My memory dragging behind me! Very vivid picture of being hunted by life itself.....

      You are an incredible poet, Wayne!

      Voting up and thanks for sharing!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Savvy:

      Sir Colin:

      Theresa:

      thank you all very much for your kind comments. Have a great Memorial Day.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great write, vivid and crystal clear visions projected by your poem. Voted up.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful and clever poem which says so mch about its talented composer.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Jim:

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      Thank you all very much. Your visits are always special to me. Write on!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was incredible. Great imagery. Passing this on.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Glad I discovered your work Wayne. Strong and compelling poem with some amazing and unusual images and metaphors. I like it a lot. I look forward to reading more in the future.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Awesome words here Mr. B - you are a poetic maestro of the highest world class standards - and by the way who is that handsome dude in your new profile picture - off to night shift work now and yes I walk among the dead there in our underground crypt, no kidding

      Count Colin at lake erie time 9:10pm

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Valleypoet.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Senoritaa!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Frank...appreciate the visit.

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      savvydating 4 years ago

      What an utterly compelling piece of prose; so masterfully pieced together. Honestly, your work is great. My favorite lines:

      Warding off jesters and fools

      Disguised as juggling ruminations and random decisiveness

      Up & awesome and beautiful!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Beautiful Wayne! I felt like I was walking with you, what a vulnerable walk! 'Weave a bough above me Oak tree, and conceal me awhile longer'; this was extremely touching and even sorrowful. Beautifully done and impressive as always Wayne!

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      WOW This is so strong,beautiful and well-penned.I like the lines :

      As I labor to ignore the vision through the broken fog

      Of an open door as I pass

      Where I witness a florist inhaling live roses from one hand

      While a cat eats a dead rat from his other

      Really great imagery .It can be interpreted in many ways and the whole poem as well.Voted up.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, this is deep! I certainly hope it's a dream or an idea for a book!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Some wonderfully original images here Wayne, like the one Frank cited, and more. The fog is a presence and a metaphor as well.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Haunting, atmospheric and mysterious....wonderfully crafted, it is a real treat this one Wayne:-))

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Suzette, thank you very much!

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      Senoritaa 4 years ago

      The choice of words is simply marvelous!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      this was amazing wayne barrett and I love this verse..I mean really love it: While ghosts of past children drip from the moss... So chilling and haunting

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is incredible Wayne. Your chosen words are priceless and the images you create especially of the children's fingers clasping on to the coat edge are wonderful. Voted up and shared!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Faith. I appreciate the kind words and the share!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the compliment Jennifer.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Stunningly beautiful, beyond any words I can come up with! You are amazing!

      Very profound write

      Voted up ++++ and sharing (will return to share, as buttons are not showing up at the moment)

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      "Ghost's of past children drip off the moss"

      Unbelievable! I am in awe of how you put words together!