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Stepping Over Stones

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Stepping Over Stones

I was underneath the bridge
Stepping over stones
Wanting to contemplate my contrived animation
The doubt which I kept as a token of individuality
Was merely wishful thinking
And the river's muddy wash seemed to mimic my uncertainty
I tried to dabble my feet
In the murky rise
But found myself swimming
Against a current I thought would never take me...and I drank
To keep from drowning
Until all was dry
And I was left laying in a cracked river bed
I looked into the cracks and saw the gaps
Of my own integrity...and remembered the waters
The flood of my pride that I had meant to cover them with
And I wept
Until the shame of my tears was less
Than the shame of my shortcomings
And then watched the cracks in my integrity
Be sealed with salty pain
And I stood...beautifully broken
To climb the far bank leading to the inerrant truth of my character
Laying bricks
One by one along the way
With nothing to span the distance between regret and apathy
Save a mist of memory
Reminders of why I'll never turn back
I was underneath the bridge
Stepping over stones

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  1. Date: 3/26/2013 5:40:00 AM
    Wowzer..this is one of your best poems in my i can relate too..going tp my favs..Charma

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 4:44:00 AM
    Takes me back to a personal time and place many many years ago....beautifully written.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 6:16:00 PM
    I knew it would be a winner...great job Caleb

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 6:14:00 PM
    I like the sound of the alliterated title throughout the poem, good job, Craig. Very nice work.

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 2:12:00 PM
    This is beauty, the feelings Are from the gut, imagery tops, love it the most!

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 11:06:00 AM
    wow and well worth a winning place Caleb, well done and like Carrie I love that line xx

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 10:55:00 AM
    I am not at all surprised to see this one the winners list! I agree 100% with Carrie's comment below. I think I loved reading this even more the second time around.

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 9:19:00 AM
    Oh wow.......what a wonderful poem this is.....such introspective awareness is so rare, and beautiful to see. The line that hits me "I looked into the cracks and saw the gaps of my own integrity......" so insightful....and shows indeed, much integrity in the writer. I applaud!

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 9:45:00 PM
    CALEB, ;-) CONGRATULATIONS with your awesome free verse poem, in Catie's contest....good night , LINDA

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 8:29:00 PM
    I am so glad to see you on the list, Caleb. I had a feeling my fur poem would not make it on. Congrats to you!!

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 7:03:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Caleb, this is all that free verse should be. Very, very nice. Congratulations on your win in my free verse contest. Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 3/9/2013 9:19:00 AM
    A beautiful and insightful poem, Caleb. Fine writing...

  1. Date: 3/9/2013 1:36:00 AM
    Caleb, more poems!!!

  1. Date: 3/8/2013 10:19:00 PM
    This was beautiful. Really touched my heart. Keep up the splendid work! Always, Laura

  1. Date: 3/7/2013 2:44:00 PM
    Caleb this is an exceptional metaphorical write. The imagery you created made it come to life for me. Humbling. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 3/7/2013 3:18:00 AM
    Caleb this is an excellent write, it pulls the reader in and keeps them there, well done...David

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 2:36:00 PM
    So glad you entered it. I see Heather loved it too!!!

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 8:21:00 AM
    This is going straight to my favs! This is one of the most unique, original poems I have read on here. The imagery is so creative and powerful. Wow!

  1. Date: 3/5/2013 9:18:00 PM
    OH MY, this is SO profound and metaphorical. I LOVE this kind of free verse. Is it for CAtie's contest? If so, I sure hope she scores you high. It really deserves it, Caleb.