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Shattered Horizons

My life was a series of shattered horizons,
of broken wishes, of vanished dreams.
I strove, I worked
I tried to wend the purest way.
I saw around me successful men
unscrupulous, manipulating,
but I was left behind.
I had enough ambition,
I lacked not the vital go:
it was because opportunities
passed me by. A crumbled life
my girlfriend would not share with me.
She left, not that I really cared,
but the vessel of vivacity
was completely empty, a useless world.
Could I end it quick? A primal urge?
I walked towards the high bridge
prepared to plunge into the inky blackness
that flow silently below.
The overcast skies boded rain.
Who cares? I'll get drenched
before I'll fall into the abyss.
But God had other plans.
A quirk of memory made me laugh,
remembering youthful days
when we worked hard on farms
and prayed for rain!
Ah that was hard but fun.
I was happy then.
The vast fields, the golden grain, 
a peaceful stream, the wayside chapel.
Perhaps I should return
to early ties to my own home.
There's always hope there.

I dialled home on my cell phone.
A honey voice answered.   
I wondered who she might be.
We talked and I heard her laugh.
Can one fall in love with a voice?
I was willing to try.
I laughed with her and turn back to hope.


Copyright © Victor Buhagiar | Year Posted 2018


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  1. Date: 1/21/2018 1:26:00 PM

    Oh so so beautiful, Vic! I enjoyed reading this :)
  1. Date: 1/21/2018 5:28:00 AM

    How strange, I could have sworn that I had remarked on your magnificent penmanship and it's disappeared. You have certainly penned a splendid piece which kept me wondering until the happy ending in your inimitable manner that can be representative of a thousand similar incidents around the world ...Maria
  1. Date: 1/20/2018 12:30:00 PM

    I love happy endings, well done Victor, you kept my attention...
  1. Date: 1/19/2018 7:12:00 AM

    Great story telling Victor, you write these very well...
  1. Date: 1/19/2018 1:22:00 AM

    A positive approach to a sad subject and something almost everyone can relate to at some time in their life. Yes, a nice story indeed. I can imagine the movie now...intriguing.
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 11:42:00 PM

    Wonderful story, Victory, your stories are very intriguing. I enjoyed reading. Hugs Eve
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 10:00:00 PM

    You are a wonderful story teller Victor, excellent penning my friend. xomo
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 3:21:00 PM

    Hope and love rising from the abyss of despair...Well written Victor..
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 3:17:00 PM

    Great poem Victor, really great ending I enjoyed the read, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 11:48:00 AM

    Another lovely tale, my friend! We wait for hope to return the sparkle to our step!
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 10:42:00 AM

    I just love this, Victor. Your thought processes were perfect leading up to an exquisite ending.
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 8:05:00 AM

    - A touching lovely story, Victor ... a surprising end ... I love happy ending ... - Best wishes and hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 6:57:00 AM

    My heart was filled with the joy of pure poetry which your writing so generously has provided my friend, Victor! This is a marvel of a poem! God bless you!
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 6:23:00 AM

    The surprise turn in the second stanza is indeed unique ... a great short story ... an ocean in a drop ... smile arrives spontaneously ....
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 6:12:00 AM

    You made it sound real, Victor--glad you said it was a fiction. Written in your usual skillful ways, the poem flies with emotions till the end..good happy ending.
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 3:23:00 AM

    Even in our darkest despair, the urge to live is usually stronger than any death wish (thank the Lord!). A poem describing emotional turmoil, but ending with real hope! A fine piece of fiction, with strands of reality for many of us! Well penned, Victor!
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 12:20:00 AM

    I love poems that tell stories like this, it sparks the imagination and memories!!!
  1. Date: 1/18/2018 12:19:00 AM

    I love the ending on your story, Victor. It ends on such a sweet note with that honeyed voice on the phone! I know you write a lot of works of fiction but you sure make them seem real!