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The Pursuit of Hollow Dreams

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The Pursuit of Hollow Dreams

Trails and rails, and winding roads
Empty barns, abandoned abodes
I've grown too tired to bear this load
In this world, I have no place

My path has led me, far from home
I find no comfort as I roam
Away from all the love I've known
I'm lost without a trace

Along this path I wander, aimless.
To history, I shall be nameless
For hollow were the dreams I've sought
The right direction, I know not.

Repressed the jest that brought me smiles
My sorrow grows with passing miles
Upon myself, Ive brought these trials
I haven't the strength to face

I left the place where I belong
Too stubborn to admit I'm wrong
Despair is for those, who wait too long
There are too many steps to retrace

Disillusioned by my hopes
My soul is not equipped to cope
For hollow were the dreams I've sought
Of inspiration, I know not.

Tomorrow my sorrow shall grow even more
So distant the faces of those I adore
So deep is this anguish it clinches my core
I long for a loving embrace

All that I've gained, I would eagerly trade
For a chance to erase,the mistakes I have made
and return to their arms before memories fade
I ask this of God by his grace

Solitude is the burden of pride
and destiny is a heartless guide
For hollow were the dreams I've sought.
My destination, I know not.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 3:09:00 AM
    Well there is a good deal of life observation here Joe, no wonder it scored a win..!

  1. Date: 12/27/2013 9:02:00 PM
    Enjoyed the poem and congrats on the win, Joe

  1. Date: 12/27/2013 1:41:00 AM
    Joe, .. CONGRATULATIONS -thank you for supporting my contest. Wishing you the best when it comes to Health and Happiness, this coming New Year! xox..Linda

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 6:27:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest Joe. I wish you the best in the final round. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/28/2011 10:48:00 AM
    I really connected with this poem, thanks for sharing.

  1. Date: 6/28/2011 5:43:00 AM
    My congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Joe

  1. Date: 6/27/2011 5:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well written poetry being featured this week Joe. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/10/2011 10:26:00 PM
    I'd just call it a "rhyme" as you did, Joe. I do some where there is one line that doesn't match the rhyme scheme, but overall, it's still a rhyme. To my knowledge there is no other name for this form. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/9/2011 9:54:00 PM
    I know I've read poems with this four pattern rhyme scheme before but I can't seem to match it to any of the forms. Can anyone help me out?

  1. Date: 2/9/2011 5:14:00 AM
    Oie yoie, this is heart wrenching, Joe. A subject that many can identify with. Pride does lead to darkened paths, however, God does shine His light so we can be led out of obscurity. Profound and throught provoking, Joe! Best to you and yours, Mikki

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 10:48:00 PM
    This is good=0) I like!

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 9:46:00 PM
    Terrific poem Joe. Love the rhyme, meter and unusual rhyming pattern - it works beautifully in this poem. Add a great, introspective message and you have a terrific piece of poetry. Well done. Joe

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 3:00:00 PM
    You have nice descripitiveness and rhyming throughout this presentation. This work needs a few corrections. I'm sending you a soup mail message to let you know about them.

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 1:12:00 PM
    Joe, I swear you and I are living the same type of life. Can always relate to your words. If you visit me in Florida, I'll give you the "warm embrace" we both need. This is such a moving poem, sadly a truthful perspective on those of us who seem to wander aimlessly. Excellent work, my friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 7:42:00 AM
    such a powerfull write and I do relate! [YOu are featured in my blog ;)] perhaps this will make you smile! Light 7 Love

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 3:11:00 AM
    Wow, what an amazing write. I surely can relate to this. Quality work. I've been away from writing for so long: it took something like this to remind me what writing is all about. Indeed, beautiful and heartbreaking. David

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 2:55:00 AM
    So well written I becam lost in thought, thinking of my own travels through life. Excellent read, we are but shadow upon this earth. Need to make the most of the time we have.