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Where do I Turn? - a Poem about Finding Peace

Updated on December 23, 2014
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Is There Peace?

How horribly ugly and deafening

The whirring mind and silent soul

That rushes to and then away

Fluttering up but then a hole.


Seconds and eons passing by fast

a trivial life with sudden swerves

Smothering quick, then left in the past

A hopeful cloud that overturns.


Blizzards of thought, consuming and numb,

Just one life of questionable worth

Never to settle, rest won’t succomb.

Trudging along to tolerate earth.


Does God desert those who doubt?

Where fear abides and questions reign

Never giving a secure way out?

In constant wonder, lingering pain.


Where is the comfort, one day of rest?

The clear beacon and warming light?

Why the ever-widening search,

The hours long, ongoing fight?


Windows shutting once again,

And still can’t find that open door.

We close our eyes in bated breath

And plead for peace and so much more.


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eternal questions, beautifully written by Vicki! Lovely job my friend.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, thanks, Bill. I always enjoy your comments, not to mention your friendship and support. (I guess I just mentioned it!)

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      Oh Vicki, I love this, beautifully written with vivid images:

      "Never to settle, rest won’t succomb.

      Trudging along to tolerate earth"

      I think have trudged this path, it sounds very familiar!! You have described base searching so well, those "Blizzards of Thought" that blind the mind. Poetry at its best!! My votes and best wishes to you, Vicki and sharing!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, Annie, you sure do GET IT! Sometimes these thoughts just flow through certain parts of my brain reflecting on phases--current and past--of my own life. Gosh, I love that you love this, as I think you are so talented. Thanks for your input and for sharing, too!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Wow Vicki this is the first poem I've read of yours. Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing. Kelley

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, thanks, Kelley! Poetry is one of my major outlets on HubPages. It's a great release for me. I love it when people enjoy it. Thanks so much!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      wow vicki. your talent of writing has no boundaries and girl, you will be taking this talent into your retirement and still be earning bucks :)

      peace and hope, we all seek and shall keep searching for it till the end...beautiful poem!!

      many votes!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your poem is so brilliant and so soft. I had a great read, thank you.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      I think that we all can relate to the content of your beautiful poem. If I did not have faith in God, the question you ponder would plague me. Thank you for sharing such a deep, personal__and lyrical__impression!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      OH, Ruchira, thanks. That means a lot for you to say that. Would love to make money on poetry, but that's so hard. I do enjoy writing it, though! Thanks for reading it, too!

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      What a lovely poem -- and the last verse is breath taking. Voted up! Best/Sis

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      What a lovely poem, and such an important subject matter. It means so much on both a global and a personal level as we are all striving for peace and trying to live in hope, both in our lives and in our world. Voted up and beautiful.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Beautiful poetry. Perhaps peace lies in "not having to know". "Faith is the evidence of things unseen" As I age my vision wanes and I must rely upon my heart to do my seeing. I wonder that God does not intentionally make it so, otherwise, I'd have little need of Him. I love your poetry Victoria. To be able to cook and write, what a gal.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Really interesting & deep questions to ask Victoria...good on you for putting them up in prose...lots of votes...cheers

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Having spent most of my life restless and searching, I understand your poem. It is beautifully written. I have found that God never deserts us no matter the doubt or even disbelief. He is the calm that finally soothed my spirit and ended my wandering. Thanks, HB.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Very well said Vicki, I can relate to the "Blizzards of thought, consuming and numb, Just one life of questionable worth Never to settle, rest won’t succumb. Trudging along to tolerate earth.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you enjoyed it, Joyce--thanks!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      That's very nice poem, and it is a very good metaphysical lesson. Kind of reminds me of Job. I had a coworker once whose favorite expression was "this too shall pass." I try to remember that -- and go sit by the river when I want peace.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Dancing Water, thanks for your comments. I think even with faith in God that sometimes these questions plague us. Thanks for your great input!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks so much, Angela! I appreciate that!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Trinity. I agree. Great comments!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      I agree, Victoria Lynn. Even with faith in God we are sometimes plagued with these dark questions.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vee.....UP!! awesome....beautiful.....Your poetry is magical, GF. I really love it!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      arb--I love cooking and writing! And I love your comments, too! I hold onto "Faith is the evidence of things unseen," too, knowing that we don't have to know everything. Thanks so much for your comforting comments.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, carter06. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. Cheers!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's great, Hyphenbird. God can give some peace, but, still, I think that sometimes frustration and searching is something we go through. Thanks for your inspirational comments!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Curiad--that means a lot coming from you. I've read some very vivid poem from you. I think I need to go read another one!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      MizB--The comparison to Job is perfect! Yes, didn't he struggle. I also love "This, too, shall pass." Thanks for sharing all that. I loved it!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Deeply meaningful and so philosophical- the eternal quest for answers so beautifully scribed. The quest for hope and for true meaning can also be arduous one- sometimes giving way to more questions than answers. This is true delight and food for thought. I love these lines:

      Where is the comfort, one day of rest?

      The clear beacon and warming light?

      Why the ever-widening search,

      The hours long, ongoing fight?

      voted up/and across.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So true, Dancing Water. It's just hard sometimes.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Magical, Effer? That's a great compliment. Thanks so much!!!!!!

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      I really love poetry! It brings out the hearts of its author every time! You did a wonderful thing writing this! I really liked the line, "Never to settle, rest won’t succomb"!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Great poem, Victoria Lynn. I think everyone, especially in these days, yearns for the peace your poem so longs for.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      As long as money reigns supreme,

      peace is a hopeless, meandering dream.

      Greed cares not about judgment day,

      nor killing the innocent who get in the way.

      Tis sad, but true, in this world we live,

      When hearts, like yours, have so much to give.

      John Lennon once mentioned being a dreamer, but he wasn't the only one in the song, "Imagine". It gave me a feeling of belonging and hope. No matter what God you believe in, you have to know you were given a brain when created. If used, one will find war is never logical. But, to refuse hope and live being only cynical gives one no reason to live. The peace one seeks has to be an inner peace, for man's lack of logic will never allow anything else. Great Post! Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Docmo. I appreciate that. I'm glad you like those lines. Good to see you here.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Audra. I enjoyed your comments. I love the compliments! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, jon, for that input. I think your comment is right on. We're all searching for peace, aren't we, at some point?

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, rcrumple! I love John Lennon's song "Imagine," too. It says so much. I LOVE your comments!

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      Kimberly13 4 years ago

      Loveee this poemm! love the way its written, and how emotionally provoking it is. good job.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Victoria, who doesn't yearn and search for peace and hope - two things that are a utopian dream.

      Very well written my friend.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kimberly--Thanks! That's a great compliment!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rajan--How utopia would be nice! Perhaps one day! Thanks for stopping by and for the comments and votes.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great look into the human's quest for peace and answers to the search for it. I think that God allows us to go through silence in order to make us meditate upon what it truly is to know peace. Beautiful!

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      Mellonyy 4 years ago

      Your hub is excellent. Voted p!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--Very insightful comment. You give us something to think about. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Mellonyy. Glad you like the poem!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Your words totally echoed my own thoughts. Wow. It's like you went into my brain and extracted my thoughts, put them into a poem and now I'm actually reading them. Wow. You are so cool. An awesome poet, you are! That's so cool that you're able to home in on words such that your readers can look at them and say, aw, that's me! Nice job here.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Gosh, CC, thanks! That means a lot coming from you. You're so talented, you know!

      I have always enjoyed writing poetry and to hear you say all those compliments means the world to me. Thanks!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You certainly are a beautiful poet:)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, REALH! I appreciate that!!!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Peace comes for all of us in the end. Till then we have to savor the ups and downs of life like a roller coaster ride.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      PhillyDreamer--You're got that right about the ups and downs!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      You certainly ask the hard questions, don't ya? :) Beautifully written, V!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I try, TT, I try! :-) Now, if only I could find some answers!!!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Vicki : Hi awesome write , I can't seem to get to fan mail , but I've been following you for awhile [well not stalking like followig ] LOL, you have some amazing poetry , and and woman who writes about turkey ! I just love ! .....write on girl!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ahorseback--haha, you are funny! :-) Glad you're following--and glad you like my poetry and turkey!!!!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Excellent poem that delineates the torment that the mind can inflict on one at times. That is when one may turn to spirit__and G0d__to calm the mind.

      Great poem, Virginia Lynn__and one to which every human can identify!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Dancing Water--I'm glad you appreciate the poem. --Victoria Lynn :-)

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      mywords77 3 years ago

      A very moving and beautiful poem. I like the writing style of it. It makes you think about what is being said and is something that is definitely identifiable.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      mywords77--I'm glad you like the poem and the style. That means a lot to me. Thanks.

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      Delia 2 years ago

      Well written...I enjoyed reading the poem. Thanks for sharing!

      Just a note from my faith as a Christian. God never deserts us....it is us who desert Him! And fear does not come from God...for me, I trust and rely on Him

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you liked the poem, delia-delia! I believe in God, too. But we do have fear as humans. That's just . . . human! We just do our best, huh?

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