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My Mind A Ship In Darkness

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My Mind A Ship In Darkness

My mind a ship in darkness                                                                                                             How shall you carry me                                                                                                                   My heart cut off from loving                                                                                                                         Is longing to be free                                                                                                                                    To sail out in the morning                                                                                                                                             Upon the early tide                                                                                                                              And live with in the elements                                                                                                             Where truth and strength abide                                                                                                       My thoughts are done with islands                                                                                                  Where the golden memories play                                                                                                  For that vision seen was but a dream                                                                                                          Like fog that burns away                                                                                                                         And if the rocks should catch me up                                                                                                  How shall I greet the day                                                                                                                                            So many thoughts are anchored there                                                                                         From ships that passed this way                                                                                                             So many swells have come and gone                                                                                               And beaten on the shore                                                                                                                  You'd think the isle would brake away                                                                                               Be gone and be no more                                                                                                                But still the ancient cliffs are hung                                                                                               Like shadows in the sky                                                                                                             And still the Sirens songs are sung                                                                                              A lovers lullaby                                                                                                                               My soul my only compass now                                                                                                     What lessons shall you teach                                                                                                       As passion sets my course for me                                                                                                                                                Once more into the breach                                                                                                                               Yet calmly to and steady on                                                                                                         Though gale and storm draw near                                                                                                  My soul is this immortal thing                                                                                                           That strides beyond my fear                                                                                                            And gives my life an openness                                                                                                                        That does not measure cost                                                                                                                  For much I learned of beauty                                                                                                                         By what I loved and lost

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  1. Date: 9/12/2013 1:32:00 PM
    wow! Michael... wow! every line pulled me in, in hopes the ending would seek a light house... wow! Love this one....Linda

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 12:41:00 AM
    amazing poetry from you, Michael.

  1. Date: 8/25/2013 11:52:00 AM
    Well done Michael. A life lived through a poem's history. I came to many of the same conclusions. So when we think we are alone with these thoughts, poems like yours tell us otherwise. Allan

  1. Date: 8/24/2013 6:56:00 PM
    captivating lines and visuals. I was pulled into this from the beginning. "My soul my only compass now" So much faith in that one line. Very inspiring :)

  1. Date: 8/23/2013 4:16:00 PM
    Michael...this rang of broken hearts and daring to love again...fear of it...anyway that's where I went....I fell in love with your poem....

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/23/2013 8:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You Donna. Instead of thinking of hearts breaking--try thinking of them deepening with expeariance that will in rich them as time passes.
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 12:48:00 AM
    Aha wow and im d admiral eh i mean admirer of this poem coz i was impresd with d anchoring vessel metaphor throughout. Kudos 4 d rhymin.

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/18/2013 3:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much
  1. Date: 8/14/2013 1:58:00 AM
    - Michael, this is a wonderful poem, one of your best! - You are very talented! - Have a nice day! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/19/2013 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Anne
  1. Date: 8/12/2013 1:30:00 PM
    Beautiful...I can feel your passion deep down in this piece. Each line in this poem was well thought of and blends perfectly well. A lovely poem.

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/18/2013 3:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    means a lot ,thank you
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 9:59:00 AM
    Very nicely said poet love the story of life live and lost.

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/18/2013 3:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Sean :Glad you enjoyed the trip.
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:36:00 AM
    this is profound and heartfelt at the same time.A lovely read. I really enjoyed it and I admire your philosophy on life!

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/19/2013 1:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Andrea
  1. Date: 8/8/2013 6:13:00 AM
    Wow!! This is truly Fantastic, write micheal. I did not want it to end,, a beautiful flow of details and emotions, woven into this beautifully written poem. You really ROCK!!!:0) ~<3~ Cherie thankyou4 sharing

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/23/2013 8:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Cherie
  1. Date: 8/7/2013 6:19:00 AM
    What an amazingly beautiful lilting tale....I loved the imagery, the depth of emotion, the beauty in every line! WONDERFUL! I agree with Sue-Ellen! A 7 and a FAV. Thanks for your lovely comments on Ophelia...that came from the depths of my heart. So glad that you found a respondent chord. :)

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/23/2013 8:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/7/2013 6:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    always greatful
  1. Date: 8/7/2013 4:27:00 AM
    Bravo, brilliant write, excellent rhythm and flow, imagery perfect, I so enjoyed this poem a wee 7 here dear friend and a fav, blessings sueellen

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/7/2013 6:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So glad you liked it .