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Augustinian Chronicle


Feelings of despair dredged from the murky dephths of my past
Hoisted through my corroded conscience's porthole
Reconnoitering barge of restitution pushes despondent thoughts through my inner being
Then tows the shame and guilt of my depraved condition to mind's hatch 
The murky dross of yesterday's sins seeps deep into my addled psche
The residual guilt oppresses my soul
The brackish bilge of cankerous jealousies trolls through my grieving spirit
My trembling hands grasp the anchor of remorse but slip into the deeper moor of penance
Earlier missteps have my struggling feet sinking ever deeper in the quicksand of hopelessness
The smokestack spews nautious fumes from the froward deeds of my virile youth
My shaky rudder teeters as the raw sewage of past debauchery overwhelms my senses
Sailing my sinking yacht to the edge of sanity and rational existence
Carried along by the unsettling currents of inconstancy and vacillation
Docking in the harbor of reclamation and recompense

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  1. Date: 3/18/2011 9:16:00 AM

    Awesome vocabulary you used in this poem. Congrats on being in the winners' list.

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 7:48:00 AM

    Many have had moments when we feel the desperation and guilt you describe so well, Stephen. Great use of metaphors with the sinking ship taking you to the edge of sanity. Congratulations on your success in the contest. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 7:34:00 AM

    Congratulations Stephen on your win in the "Maverick Free Verse" contest sponsored by John Moses Freeman. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/16/2011 8:48:00 PM

    Congrats Stephen on your fantastic win in the Maverick Free Verse contest luv with another brilliant write ... enjoy your success with luv..

  1. Date: 3/16/2011 6:28:00 PM

    Congratulations on the 11th place win in the contest of john, Stephen

  1. Date: 3/16/2011 6:24:00 PM

    So great to see you in the winning circle Stephen. Congratulations on your worthy poem's success. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 12/6/2010 10:24:00 AM

    Stephen, this is written as if you may have been a "fly"on his wall! Brilliant. I'm sure St. Augustine would be proud of how you have captured his deep feelings of turmoil. Always, Audrey