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Forlorn Hope

i stand here
this dismal day
beneath the hues
of ashen skies
looking at these trees
still as bare as i
in emotions

i wonder 
if their roots
are as twisted
as mine
their earthen grave

do they thirst
for hope
on the wings
of time

do they feel
the cold of winter
as it strips them

do they hear
the rustle
of their old leaves
beneath my feet
as i walk along

like words lost
on tips of tongues
their buds
are forming
slowly gathering
bursting outward

their limbs
into misty air
like my hands
for another
to hold
once again
only emptiness 
through the distance
of past

am i to stand
less tall
ready to fall
naked of hope
like love fell
on the wings
of time

am i
a non-existent 
shadow of past
of emotion
afraid to stand

i stand here
this dismal day
beneath the hues
of ashen skies
looking at the trees
as the woodpecker
breaks the silence
as if drilling me
looking for hope
i myself
cannot find

April 15 2021

This or That, Vol 2 Poetry Contest
Sponsored by Edward Ibeh

Copyright © Sandra Adams | Year Posted 2021


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Date: 4/20/2021 10:30:00 PM

I've been broken out of daydreams as well from noisy woodpeckers (it's a beautiful disturbance though). You paint a very forlorn picture of sadness mixed intermingling with the woods around you. Hope you can unbind yourself out of the stoop, but the melancholy made for a worthy read.
Date: 4/20/2021 7:30:00 PM

Your poem embodies the theme well. I love your nature references used to describe the emotion.
Date: 4/19/2021 4:33:00 AM

This is such a wonderful write and so worthy of a win. I'm so sure it will! God bless you my kind and gentle friend ... Love, Gina
Date: 4/16/2021 1:23:00 PM

Lovely piece although so sad but written with craft and expertise Sandy, so glad to be reading your poems again for you were a big miss. Take care and keep safe, blessings and hugs always, Gordon
Date: 4/16/2021 5:30:00 AM

Once again you shine in your signature style my friend. Contemplative journey of mind so well illustrated, Sandy.
Date: 4/15/2021 5:42:00 PM

'Vintage Sandra Adams' here, topped off with that woodpecker drilling holes into the very walls of your heart. ~ gw
Date: 4/15/2021 12:50:00 PM

Hi Sandra, I found your well-written write sad; however, you painted such a good picture with amazing imagery and metaphors. And your skillful pen caused me to see beauty in the midst of your sadness. It looks like a winner to me. Best wishes in the contest. Have a great day- Alexis
Date: 4/15/2021 11:54:00 AM

Absolutely brimming with well-said and powerful emotions. You have such a gift.
Date: 4/15/2021 11:29:00 AM

Contest winner for sure...such a melancholy delight, SA. :o)
Date: 4/15/2021 9:53:00 AM

A bit sad. Hope you are alright. Your poem is filled with sad emotions but portrayed so beautifully.