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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Side by Side

Though we have walked side by side,
Oh for so long... years its been, hasn't it?
Still we must go our parting ways now,
I, long tired of your deceitful ways.

Though we have walked side by side,
You understanding my weakness...
Always there like a true and dear one,
Still, forever tempting into darkness.

Though we have walked side by side,
A false bravado given, then left alone...
To pass the time delinquent of mind,
Truly... now... a habit, an addiction.

Though we have walked side by side,
You shall leave with a roar I am sure...
Screaming in the headache of my mind,
Doubting once more, please can we still.

Though we have walked side by side,
An eternity it seems, many a mile left...
Yet now, I no longer wish this bravado,
As time calls forth in new directions.

Though we have walked side by side,
Today we must stand apart, stand tall...
To find our own strength, to go forth,
Into the destinies of days, free with will.

Petrina Lesko
May 2011

Linking up with OSW over at One Stop Poetry to share in this and all the other fabulous poems linked there.

21 comments:

moondustwriter said...

Petrina
That is a powerful piece about the deleterious effects of love
"go forth" is strong and filled with new beginnings
Thanks for sharing with One Stop
Hope all is well

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Nice use of refrain to build up the tension of being together and needing to be apart in order to grow up

budh.aaah said...

I love the strength in here to be able to forge and walk away in the new chosen direction leaving the mold behind.

Jinksy said...

Sometimes the pull of new beginnings outweighs the past...

Brian Miller said...

there comes a time when that may be just what must happen to determine a future for either or both...strong verse....

ayala said...

Powerful and lovely!

mairmusic said...

I love the strength and nobility of this one; it speaks from a brave heart. All the best.

Liz said...

This hurt. It was so very well written ... you brought about in the reader empathy and sympathy. Well done.

Stafford Ray said...

Wonderful expression of conflicting emotions.. go but don't go. So human.

arspoetica said...

lovely piece, wistful and yet strong.

Claudia said...

i love the repetition - this is very effective to convey the message

Steve E said...

We traveled along
Singing separate songs
Side By Side.

Loved it.

Belinda said...

This is lovely. Standing side by side does not have to mean losing oneself in another.

Margaret said...

Sounds like one person is ready to walk alone! The repetition line was very effective here.

Diana Evans said...

I think more people need to enjoy some poetry!!! wonderful post!!!

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Very powerful, there were moments where it almost read like a 'recovery' poem; like one walking away from an addiction.

Thanks for you words on my little bunny post. The day is beautiful here and I keep thinking about the little guy and had he survived what a great day it would have been to be a bunny.

C Rose said...

Great composition to this piece, I really thought it flowed well. The message is really powerful, the courage to know the need to stand in your own path is a beautiful sentiment. ~ Rose

Linda said...

This is so powerful Petrina. I have fought this battle over and over again. I love the strength and determination of this.

mindlovemisery said...

I agree this is a powerful, heartfelt piece! Good luck to you =)

Myrna R. said...

I hope this isn't biographic, but if it is, you'll both find strgnth to forge ahead. Loved this sad poem.

Shanae Branham said...

This poem has an eerie sadness intermingled with strength. I know it is really had to let go of someone who has been a large part of your life. Well written.
Cheers,
Shanae
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