Grounding



You're too alive in there, as you sleep,
facing shadows in the night.
Retreating you scream but no sound escapes.
You won't give up the fight.

They taunt you to forsake your peace,
For their own emptiness.

Gathering your ministering angels, you fend off harm, bidding it take flight.
Banish them all. Make them flee,
then seal the portal tight.

Like a raft in a storm catapulted you reach,
grasping for the surface.
Like a hunted thing, you daren't look back
as you scramble for a knife.

To arm yourself from what you flee as the
darkness behind recedes.
Though dawn harbouring safety,
breaks warm and bright, take heed:

To drop that weapon,
allow your blade to sink into the earth.
This battle's not yours to fight;
your soul awaits rebirth.

Earth wishes to speak now -
to claim it's rightful place:
"You've reached safety."
It holds you tight with its cool, calm embrace.

"Leave those demons behind you, down far away below.
This world has much need for you, to give, love and bestow.
Come now sink more deeply, into my safety net.
I'm grounding after all, I'm yours, to rest your weary head.
Breathe and rest your tired feet. I'll absorb the knocks and blows.
I'll shield you from the storm; forge your roots inside my hold.
The danger has passed. You can forget all the lightening and thunder.

When you're ready, open your eyes and embrace the impact of your strength with wonder...
Step forth and see what grows now from your act of love and courage;
A small shoot reaching bravely for fresh, new unbroken promise."
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Written on 2021

Submitted by Soulwriter on November 25, 2021

Modified by Soulwriter on November 30, 2021

1:36 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA XB ACA XBXX XXCX XDAD XECE FFXXXXG GXB
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,532
Words 311
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 4, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 7, 3

Charlotte Cohen

Charlotte is a born teacher, lifelong learner and lover of all things literary. She considers herself an amateur poet and believes that all should have the chance to compose...whether it be art, music, or poetry! more…

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13 Comments
  • Dianejean57
    I love it.
    LikeReply10 days ago
  • JokerGem
    Splendidly packaged poem ...
    (my apologies for only now discovering it )
    -this gently plods and prods to a satisfying conclusion.
    Bravo!
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • SurpriseGuest
    I like this style of writing. I very much like this poem.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • Matthew_Mernagh
    Great poem, Charlotte! You did an awesome job, I really enjoyed reading it!
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • talygarza
    I like your poem sounds optimistic and spiritual, your mention of the knife adds a material meaning I find creative, keep writing!
    LikeReply5 months ago
  • alanswansea18
    Hi Charlotte I love this poem beautifully done.
    LikeReply 16 months ago
    • Soulwriter
      thank you so so much Alan! I really appreciate your encouragement!!
      LikeReply6 months ago
    • alanswansea18
      now I want to thank you.
      LikeReply6 months ago
  • esarkis
    "You're too alive in there, as you sleep"- Golden!
    LikeReply 17 months ago
  • Charles2
    Intense energies flow beneath the surface of this. The feeling of hope(Lost perhaps) as an unusually presented welcoming spirit restoring calm(Death/Rebirth ?) A safe place to go removing edge from the danger. The depth of emotion is a welcome change from the usual. 
    LikeReply 110 months ago
    • Soulwriter
      Thank you Charles, a lot of emotion went into it.
      LikeReply7 months ago
  • dougb.19255
    You fear that spiritual stuff is hard for people to capture. Guess again. It is Heaven sent. Touching the grumbling part of a heart. The Creator will enable such effort in poems with the miraculous and perfect. Not the little scribes such as we are..Doug 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Soulwriter
      you capture this perfectly...
      LikeReply7 months ago
  • dougb.19255
    The Lord is the Grounding. Nothing of fearful silly self. Read Psalm 18. A great poem with superb images. Forget your later tid-bit entries. Haiku stuff misses the mark for me.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Hayhay
    I like this one. It relates to a lot of people and makes me feel understood.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Soulwriter
      thanks so much. I thought it would be hard for ppl to relate so it's good to know that not true in your case!
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • babbina
    Very spiritual poem, I like it!!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Soulwriter
      thank you very much!
      LikeReply 11 year ago
  • mayonde
    Deep! I like complicated. Very good read.
    LikeReply 22 years ago
    • Soulwriter
      I'm glad you relate to this! I haven't had much feedback for this particular poem so thank you for taking the time to read and comment!
      LikeReply2 years ago

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