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Under my shelter I hide, I flee
For the burdens amidst fetters me unfree
I ask, I wonder-questions resound
Of hypnopompic anxiety; the chains I'm bound

Where will I go, what will I do?
These days brought agony-inviting ado
Which will I choose, where will I stand:
For the passion or for the future at hand?

Beneath my doubts, my hope thaws within
The solace of desire-my calling's a sin!
Still I wander like a pilgrim lost
If this path I'm to trod will outcry the cost

Yet the whispers of lust to do what I want
Hinders the fear: a devouring chant
To be at my best, to pursue my craft
This is the cantrip, an unveiling draft

But what of my tomorrow, what of my coming years?
If everyone I hold dear ask that I hear
The inherent vision for me let be done
In prudence and intellect-an educated man

I grasp the air though it shatters my sanity
The key at its absence, my mind in mutiny
To where shall my days, my mission be spilled?
To where will my spirit, my existence fulfilled?

I ask of You, the One whom answers divine
Enlighten my despair, rescue this shadowed child!
Alas, tired in my shelter I can't hide, I can't flee
For the burdens amidst still fetters me unfree…

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  1. Date: 11/30/2008 7:11:00 AM
    Mark - Congratulations on your poem making Round One of the PSoup poetry contest! Wishing you all the best in the finals and have a Happy Holiday season. Peace always, John

  1. Date: 11/12/2008 4:34:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round. Good luck in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/11/2008 8:30:00 AM
    Congrats on making it through to the first round! Good luck in the finals! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 11/9/2008 11:35:00 PM
    congratulations fellow filipino! well done! GiNo

  1. Date: 11/4/2008 11:34:00 PM
    Mark - Congrats on your poetry making it through to the next round – Great Job & God Bless

  1. Date: 10/30/2008 6:57:00 PM
    Mark - Congrats on having your poetry featured this week – God Bless

  1. Date: 10/28/2008 8:24:00 AM
    Congrats Mark on "Cantrip" being featured. Vince

  1. Date: 10/27/2008 10:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/26/2008 4:59:00 PM
    Very introspective with much depth to this write. Congratulations on being featured this week. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 10/26/2008 3:11:00 PM
    Nice use of rhyme to convey your thoughts. There is a lot of depth to this piece for the reader to ponder. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 9/10/2008 6:45:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup . Please keep writing and posting your poetry. I enjoyed reading your poem today and hope to read more soon. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/26/2008 9:01:00 AM
    Outstanding....regardless the subject matter,and what prompted you to spell it out the way you did...the fine use of language and consistent meter,made this enjoyable to read......peace , jay

  1. Date: 8/26/2008 12:29:00 AM
    Powerful and gripping, this angst filled poem is definitely one I can relate to. Sometimes, it's hard to choose between what you want to do and what you need to do; especially when the results can leave you feeling torn or remorseful . I know most of us look for some "enlightened" guidance to help us with our decisions, but if you follow your heart, I know that not all will be regrettable in the end. Great write, thanks for sharing!