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Crossing To the River Styx

Crossing To the River Styx

It's just that we stay, too long, in this same, old sickly skin...I'm pulled down by the undertow...I never thought I could feel so low, but oh darkness I feel like letting go...

"Sometimes, sadness wins." 

The night has gathered up the day 
Leaving flowers where it lay 
And somewhere in my weary heart, 
The darkest dreams of slumber start 

I do my best to live in You, 
But I can't feel the morning dew 
When all about the arid land, 
The grass has altered into sand 

And so they fester in my mind, 
The demons I had once resigned, 
To places that I should not go 
Where embers of my sorrow glow 

I cannot face this act again 
For beasts have taken up my pen 
And as they scribe upon my page, 
I die upon a lonely stage 

So I will leave my heart to You 
And You will do what You will do 
And if I linger in this realm, 
I'll trust in You to hold the helm. 

 

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al Bikaadi

Holy ... ! What a profanely incredible poem!!! I am blown away! I'm particularly stirred by the lines "the grass has altered into sand" & the final two lines that conclude this anxious pen perfectly 👌. Bravo!

On the other hand, if this is actually how you are feeling right now, then I pray that fruitfulness will soon return to your life and that this current bitterness shall be replaced with joy. Hugs ❤

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A Lonely Journey

Hi al, 
Thank you so much! It's been a rough couple of days, and I've grown so weary of the battles. I suppose it will get better...or maybe not. 
I really appreciate the kind, enthusiastic review, though. It's nice to meet you, I'll have to check out some of your writing. 
Thanks! 
M. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi dear Matthew....This really touched my heart and made me feel such empathy, because of its honesty and outpouring of pain.  Depression can hit us and really take hold and make it hard to feel hope sometimes...But you know what?...I love the little bit of hope you offer in this by having faith in God to hand the burden over to Him.  You beautifully rhyme with easy going flow, but with such a very somber hopeless tone.  Sometimes we go through many seasons of pain and sorry, and it is so hard to understand why.  But the key is your last line about having trust, that despite the circumstance, God is still in control and with you...He has that helm.  I wish you a better day and you know I am here for you, always.  Your poetry is beautiful and brilliant, and it is because of your pain that it comes out so genuine and moving.  Not that I wish you pain at all!  I just know it comes from an honest place from someone with a very good sentimental heart.  Great emotional wrtie.  xo Love n Hugs, Cheerie ;)   

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A Lonely Journey

HI Cheerie, 
Thank you. You're always so nice, and it's really wonderful. I think, from seeing you, I keep that shred of faith alive. You're truly an inspiration, you know that? 
The road has always been long, and difficult, and sometimes more so for some people, but some day there will be a nice rest stop, I suppose, where the road ends. 
Thanks for always being so supportive and nice. Please don't ever change. God made people like you to show there's still hope. 
Love and hugs, 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

I believe in you, Matthew.....You are such a beautiful soul, and great friend and awesome writer.  It is easy to be supportive of someone who is such a great person who does not deserve to live in pain....I am sending you some brightly colored chalks, to draw a new road..maybe one that is like the yellow brick road of oz?  I will be one of the characters you meet along the way like the scarecrow, or tin man, but I want to have a heart and brain so we can have good conversations that make sense.  Lol...Your poetry is so emotional to read...You are respected and understood. xo ;)

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A Lonely Journey

Hello Cheerie, 
I think you would be Glinda. You remind me a lot of her. 
Thank you! 
Always, 
Matthew. 

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Jill Tait

I wonder ? Do you realise how beautifully you write Matthew.. I love & look forward to your work.. your head is an awe-inspiring place my friend💙❤️💙❤️💙

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A Lonely Journey

Hi Jillian, 
I don't think so, but thank you very much. 
My head is a messed up place, my friend, and sometimes I wish I didn't live there(but the rent's too high in other heads, so I stay). 
Thanks for always being so sweet. 
Hugs, 
Matthew. 

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Jill Tait

Well please find comfort in ppl that think your so funny n friendly on here including lil ol’ me lol xxxxx Stay strong my friend 💙💙💙❤️❤️❤️

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Jill Tait

Abfab Chickadee ⭐️💙💙

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Marion Price

Stunning Mathew, your words touch my soul my friend 💕

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