Lonesome Road

Down a long and lonesome road
My mind will always go.
As time slips forth relentlessly
There too my spirit flows.
From when I was a child
Until now when I grow old
I have been more oft, a watcher
Of the braver and the bold.
And though I was a warrior once
Upon a fearsome trail,
I aimed my thoughts like bullets
O’er the highlands and the vale.
When ‘neath the deadly missiles
I crouched in mortal fear,
Although my body trembled,
My thoughts ran cool and clear.
We each walk many paths in life,
The unsettled soul still more.
My path since birth has been the same
In peace, the same as war.
Passage led to more new roads
And more roads ‘cross the berm.
Each way, a gem of wisdom taught
Another lesson learned.
As my body weakens now,
So long upon the road,
My thoughts and spirit coalesce
In light upon my soul.
When at last my journey ends
May it be on the western shore.
I’ll cast my spirit o’er the sea
And sail on evermore.

About this poem

Reflections on a life lived

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Written on September 19, 2017

Submitted by DJGillert on April 11, 2022

Modified on April 03, 2023

1:01 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 952
Words 205
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Douglas Gillert

Douglas Gillert is a retired journalist and editor. He writes poetry as part of his spiritual path. more…

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  • Dougla$Irishman
    This poem is very well done, excellent and enjoyable to the eyes !
    We all trod this sod in life, this reflection makes it a worthwhile trip ! Bravo !
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • lisacampbell29
    I love your poem. Thank you so very much for sharing!
    LikeReply1 year ago


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