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The Shifting Sands

The Shifting sands
Kingdoms of Dunes
Desolate sands
No life. Low tide
Landfalls now twixt mud and sand
And then the seals appear
Their sad calls staying in my memory

I walk the dunes
Why am I sad?
I’ve just returned
Alive and not wounded

The girl I left behind
A friend I thought
No commitment
No declaration of love

The enemy advanced
I was hard pressed
But while in deep despair
I thought this was my end
I realised then
I loved her

But when I came to her
She’d found another
she said “Just a one night drunken stand
So ashamed
Could I forgive?”
Logic says I should
I made no promise
Nor did she
My ego’s not so sure

More seals arrive
Floundering on the mud
They call to me and say
“Forgive her? What’s to forgive?
You had no right
You do not own her.
Go to her now and beg forgiveness,
Declare your love.”
I walk the dunes
Why am I sad?
I’ve just returned
Alive and not wounded

I go to her posthaste
To beg forgiveness
“What for” she cried
“Because I turned my back in wounded pride” I said
“I have no right to judge
Can you forgive me
I love you please take me to you heart.”
Oh Joy unbounded
She forgives me
And offers me her heart

Kingdoms of Dunes
Desolate sands
No life. Except us two Low tide
Landfalls now twixt mud and sand
And then the seals appear
Their sad calls staying in our memories
We walk the dunes
I am no longer sad I’ve returned
To meet my love






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  1. Date: 11/2/2012 10:11:00 AM
    beautiful

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 2:05:00 PM
    Nice poem...I almost cried. Good job...

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 10:20:00 PM
    ...in the end, Pure True Love will always prevail..one of my favorites!!..A warm welcome to PoetSoup society Mr. Terry.. let's continue inspiring other poets.. :) Anna Lo

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 8:19:00 PM
    I like it and can attest to the sadness in a seals call. I need to write about seals somehow. What I like most is that throughout the poem I expected a sad ending and was pleasantly surprised, sometime things work out even in poems.

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 5:43:00 AM
    Ohh, what a happy ending. I love it. Awesome write, Brian. A true story teller :) Totally enjoyed it. Love ya, Toquyen

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 4:15:00 AM
    A lovely poem Brian, thank you for sharing it with me. Have a nice Sunday. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)