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What Lies Ahead

May 20, 2014
By HayatC. PLATINUM, Louisville, Kentucky
HayatC. PLATINUM, Louisville, Kentucky
25 articles 0 photos 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."


Before me a river flows,
Stones upon which I frolic about
Adorn its current like prismatic bows,
Guiding the dance of the carp and trout.

Its current begins to hasten its pace
and I soon find myself at two ends,
Where the river concludes its race
with the wind and bends,
To where a mountain stands serrated and steep
Beyond which ominous woods stretch thick and deep.

The jagged edges of the mount,
Which I commence to climb
Become mottled with blots of red,
But this pain that I must surmount
Is the payment for what lies ahead.

Venturing hence into the woods, the thorn bushes and dense undergrowth,
Do me but the same,
And even dare to make me doubtful of why, oh why, I came
Down the ephemeral river and up the mountain of pain
Into the perilous woods of anger, hurt, and blame,

Of why the tears dropped and why the blood shed;
Indeed, it is for the sake of what Hope claims is ahead —
For the tantalizing mystery of what lies ahead.


The author's comments:
I hope that whoever reads this becomes inspired to never give up and never lose hope, for surely after darkness comes light.

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on Jun. 25 2014 at 2:00 pm
spiritwriter GOLD, Hicksville, New York
11 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's not a matter of "can I change the world," it's about "how do I want to change the world?""
-Severn Cullis-Suzuki

the last stanza is the best part. 

on Jun. 25 2014 at 10:56 am
WOWriting SILVER, Broadstairs, Other
5 articles 0 photos 266 comments
Really like this, it's a nice poem :) i don't like where in places you've rhymed differently to everywhere else but that's personal preference. I sometimes think you struggle for rhymes and use maybe one too many 'big' words if you get what i mean. other than that, i really like this :) keep writing!

on Jun. 24 2014 at 1:11 pm
Crystallite BRONZE, Santa Elena, Other
2 articles 2 photos 347 comments
LOVED IT. VERY GOOD CHOICE OF WORDS AND IMAGERY

on Jun. 24 2014 at 11:21 am
HayatC. PLATINUM, Louisville, Kentucky
25 articles 0 photos 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."

Thank you so much, that's exactly why I posted it. It goes out to anyone facing tribulation, thank you thank you thank you! I hope your friend is able to connect with it and find some inspiration and hope! :)

on Jun. 24 2014 at 11:09 am
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
325 articles 10 photos 1165 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

So Inspiring!!! I am going to show my friend who is going through some rough times :)  

on Jun. 23 2014 at 3:16 pm
Cam_Dale BRONZE, Plainview, Texas
3 articles 9 photos 10 comments
I loved that! From an analytical standpoint, you basically summed up the epitome of human morals and decisions. Great job!!!

on Jun. 23 2014 at 1:37 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1486 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

no-one has commented on your poem yet??? I can't believe it. I love it. And you're right. After darkness comes light. Thank you, for sharing this.