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Lantern on the Water

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Lantern on the Water


Place my mind into a boat
doused with kerosene.

Create a lantern on the water:
light the boat a-flame
and push it out to sea.

Then my heart will be more free.






04.06.2013




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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 8:17:00 PM

    Once again I am drawn to read this write..very haunting poem. I think of so many lost. They never quite fade away. They are illumined quite brightly in the light. . . Always, Laura

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 9:12:00 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhh, yes. I am reminded of Shelley, his remains alight, though this runs deeper than just the final torching... hey, I mentioned you in my blog... there is a link for you, there, if you have NO idea what I'm going on about now, as I know you do not watch television. Should you click on the links each is less than a minute, I believe, and I 'think' you'll like the comparison... lol.. but we'll see. All in good fun, chum. It is meant as a compliment, as I REALLY liked this character. :)

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 6:44:00 AM

    I love these little jags...this one is too cool.

  1. Date: 4/28/2013 7:13:00 PM

    Super! Emotion and impulse Vs. logic and reason. The ship burial is great image, engulfed in flames upon the longboat. This type of burial was used among the Germanic and Norsemen. Don't "think" about feelings, just feel them.

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 7:11:00 PM

    Ahh a viking burial ;) Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 5:07:00 AM

    I agree with the Curtis Futch Jr think----hope you know I was kidding with the other stuff :)

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 7:23:00 PM

    Are you a viking? don't ash your brain, it's just resting.

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 9:38:00 AM

    I have often wanted to put my early poems on a boat doused with kerosene......set them to sea in flames....where no one except the fish would know........however it would be so unfair to pollute the waters, and annoy the fish with such drivel. Seriously........if we could only push out to sea our worries, pain, heartache, disappointment in such a way, until those flames die, and we are free....ahhh

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 12:22:00 PM

    The age old battle - mind versus heart. I love lanterns on the water. How beautiful, Chris. Also, thanks for your comments on my Prose. Elaine

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:07:00 PM

    I knew from the moment I clicked on this poem it was going to be a very inspirational and rewarding one. These kind of poems never burn out. What a hopeful masterpiece! Always, Laura

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 3:07:00 PM

    there is something so cool about this type of funeral pyre burial!! I really like this one. Dang you not putting your funny poem in my contest. hahaha

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:00:00 AM

    Very thoughtful Chris but your mind is a beautiful thing that I think your heart needs----scary, the validate code is MARE

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 9:38:00 PM

    Geez, my mind had better not be put out to sea and lit. I'll pollute the ocean in one whoosh. Nice one, Chris :)

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 6:39:00 PM

    lay me beside him, him that was my heart, snuff the flame of me, the voyage will be short and our rest in the deep..........Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:06:00 AM

    Chris!! Fabulous depth !! I like how you think. Well done. Thanks for your comments. I so look forward to when you post on my poems :) lol. Big hugs love Cap'n Deb

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 7:28:00 AM

    "Then my heart will be more free."....I am not sure I know what to make of this last line....but then, it is not I who needs to understand. Lovely imagery in this one, Chris. Hugs, Catie :)

    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 4/19/2013 1:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think it was the word 'more' in the last line, that got me to wondering....LOL I did respond to your comment on my poem. Hugs, Catie :)
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:04:00 AM

    I wonder how my heart would act without reason..I bet so many things would be different in my life.Nice feeling of a heart set free..somehow the lantern on the water is a nice result which follows the pain of our mind getting blown away..Powerful message.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 1:29:00 AM

    ...such wonderful imagery...floating like a lantern on the water...