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Walking the Plank, on a Sad Sinking Ship

Walking the Plank, on a Sad Sinking Ship

I will never pass this way again
Forced to let go, like losing a friend
With such simple dreams, through gazing eyes
I ignored reality’s bite, while cuddling lies
The stark shades of pain render me blind 
The damage done is expressly unkind 

Where do lost souls go to rejuvenate?
My conquering spirit has been removed of late
All I see are mountains surrounding me
Shellshocked and landlocked by imposed finality
My heart is buried beneath the rubble’s heap
No proper resting place where its beat can sleep

No relief for the weary who hesitate
No compromise with forced hands of fate 
I stare into the sun, defiant of its light
So sure it only burns like Icarus’s flight
Whose hand can restore me to former glory?
Perhaps a happy ending is not in my story

I might require rewiring of my brain
Or a lobotomy, to feign that love is sane
I shall wander and wonder if life is real 
Who holds my cards, and who shuffles the deal?
I only wish I did not feel pain’s grip
Walking the plank, on a sad sinking ship  
 

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lodigiana

Oh Cherie such a sad piece....beautifully scripted and constructed and with vivid storytelling. Life can be wonderful and cruel in equal measure..we can only hope to tip the scales a little more to the wonderful side but often thats just not possible and at those times it's good to reach out and let those that love you help you through..As always a magnificent poem by a magnificent lady! Much love Lodigiana xx

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Lodigiana....Life can be unpredictable and throw us for a loop.  I have always been drawn to emotional poetry....In sadness, sometimes we find perspective....even after we may have to sink or walk the plank first to learn to swim.  I agree that reaching out to people who care is how we survive such times when we feel trapped and forced into situations we would not choose for ourselves.  Thank you for your kind support. ox Love n Hugs     

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Richard Waters

" THIS ISN'T SHIP, IS IT ? "
Square meals, three a day, remind you of the importance of " nutrition " ! And, what comes, to fruition.
You look at history, avoiding " cowboys, " to find more in the maritime.
There are disasters here, you know. Mistakes to teach, more than you could conceive possible.
In the " darkest hour " there is the will to survive. On " Bounty " ! And, probably on a quickly-assembled raft ! Devoid, from reality, and the natural instinct, to survive.
Truth, speaks, as " giant " waves " roll in " to give insight, into life. Or, something like that. Probably, with a " tale " !! The fishy " Briney " of Davy Jones Locker focusing attention, to what matters.
You live and learn. From the " seas " !
Why would anybody, not do so ?
" Star " appeal, here ! North Star navigation, " straight up ".... the " right " course ! Obviously. Well, if, you do not drown.

THANKS.  :)

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Richard, in struggles in life, we have to either sink or learn to swim...and my nature is to always find a way somehow to swim.  Even in situations that do not seem to have any option other than to face pain, in that pain we still learn and are forced to adapt to it.  Scars are no fun, and life lessons can be cruel.  When things seem so out of control, that is when we must surrender and then let time bring it back...somehow.  Thank you for your elaborate comments. xo ;)   

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Richard Waters

" Make-shift " planning, led to a problem, there. Why would, it, not happen..... considering the topic ? ? !!!!  :) :)
 You, get to the " Promised Land " with fit for purpose equipment. And, knowledge. Experience counts. And, corrects !!!
SORRY. For, any confusion, caused.
:)

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Richard Waters

WE, ARE " LAND LUVVERS " ...AS YOU KNOW !! :) :) :)

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Richard Waters

AT LEAST, I DID NOT PUT " RIFT " DOWN. There, would be no hope, then.
It, is better, do you not think.... putting your best " foot forward, " seemingly, appropriate. In the circum-navigation of the " stormy " !
I do not want any thing brewing beyond, fair winds. And, " safe " passage ! Clearly. ( Though, it, probably is not the case, now ) :) :)
X X  :)

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Cherie Leigh

All fair winds in my life would be a much appreciated forecast...lol xo

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Richard Waters

:) " Sea ", it, how you want. You, have the " liberty " to do so !

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Nigel Cresswell

Beautifully crafted and so very sad. Pinned to revisit, excellent
Your friend Nigel 

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Cherie Leigh

HI Nigel.  Thank you.  I am honored by the pin.  Life can be so unpredictable and uncompromising sometimes....as if fate has forced our hand.  I think we have to surrender in order to find a way out sometimes.  I always appreciate your kind support.  Yes, this is a sad write that was on my heart to get out.  Bless you. xo ;)  

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Being Me

Hi Cherie... what sadness and despair is written here! A heartbreaking write that is just so eloquent. Love is definitely not sane. It is warm and gentle, it is wild and embracing, it is unpredictable, it gives and it takes, it pleases and it hurts, it tingles and it stings...it is NOT sane. I've been on a ship like this that well and truly sank ... and I swam ashore to a place I'd not known before...but I'm getting to like it. I truly hope you are okay and this poem is from the imagination.  Hugs x

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Being me...All my poems come from a place where on some level I can emotionally relate. Sometimes changes come in our lives that take us off guard and fate really shakes things up....and in those moments we just have to adapt and use choices that can make our lives better.  It is the unknown that can be scary for sure!  I am glad that you swam ashore and found that the unknown has been good. Thank you for your support.  Love n hugs xo  

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A Lonely Journey

Hi Cheerie, 
What a sad, beautiful, poem. 
I can so relate. I've often thought 'well, at least this whole thing ends', which is a horrible way to think, but it seems like sometimes life leads your thoughts down that path, for some reason. BUT, not you, you're too wonderful, and sweet, and kind, and amazing! Darkness can only briefly obscure your light, before it shines brilliantly again, because you are sunlight. 
(and please don't lobotomize that brain, it's too wonderful). 
Wonderfully, sadly written. This stanza particularly hit me hard: 

'Where do lost souls go to rejuvenate?
My conquering spirit has been removed of late
All I see are mountains surrounding me
Shellshocked and landlocked by imposed finality
My heart is buried beneath the rubble’s heap
No proper resting place where its beat can sleep' 

I've been to all of these places that you speak of, and still live there, but if you look really hard, sometimes you see the smallest of lights on the horizon, and realize there is a light that is complimentary to yours. 

Wonderful, sad, thought-provoking write, my beautiful friend. 

Stay awesome! 

Love and hugs, 

Matthew. 

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Cherie Leigh

Dear Matthew, you always seem to have such compassionate words to cheer me up.  I am not the type of person to give up when times get tough and sad....but sometimes I can panic about the unknown perspectives of life when hardships hit..... I don't like not being in control and seeing things that hurt unavoidably. I know you can relate in your own life, and that is comforting to know I am not alone.  One day at a time.  That is all we can do.  Thank you for your compassionate comments.  Love n Hugs, Cheerie ;)

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Greg Etsell

Cherie the sun will come up and the birds 
will sing agin no need to walk the plank 
the ship will not sink and the world will
not blink and you will not be in the pink
I will not be the fink 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Greg...No, you could never be the fink...lol....I am sure you are right that the sun will come out and life and time have a way of changing perspectives....Today, it is walking a plank....tomorrow could be a stairway to Heaven..We never know and have to follow life's plan to the end.  Thank you.  xo ;)

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Jill Tait

Awwww my lovely Cherie u r back on Cosmo I’ve so missed u luv ❤️❤️❤️Pinned as perfection💕

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Cherie Leigh

HI Jill....I may not be on here as much but still around...I have had a lot going on in my life right now that needed attention, but I will try to be on time to time. Tony may not be on for awhile.  Matthew explained below...lol...I do so appreciate your poetry and support.  Thank you. xo ;)

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Jill Tait

Don’t like Cosmo now minus U Tony & Matthew its just not the same :( ❤️💙💙

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A Lonely Journey

Interjection! 
Jillian! Thank you!! I wasn't sure if anyone missed me, but I so appreciate it! I miss you, too. I'm a mental patient, and so busy at work, but I will be back. You know those times when life gets soooooo brutal that you just want to dine on Oleander and wash it down with a big glass of quinine? This is one of them, but I didn't have any oleander, so I ate my azaleas, and came down with a plant-based psoriasis. 
Thank you for saying you miss me!! 
You're so sweet! 
Love, 
Matthew. 

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Greg Etsell

Matthew are you realy mental ill or are you just jokeing 
 

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Cherie Leigh

I can vouch that he is just joking....He is just teasing and very much sane and humorous...  ;) 

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Cherie Leigh

It is important for us all to support each other and not let us fall off the edge of the world...I miss everyone...I am so emotionally scattered right now.  Sorry. ;(

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Marion Price

You have so poetically described the most horrible feelings in the world...hugs 💕

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Marion....It is a scenario of feeling like there are no options and forced choices that are impossible to live with and unfair....such is life sometimes...I metaphorically was saying that one will either sink or walk the plank, and neither is a good option.  It is a horrible feeling.  xo Thanks Marion for getting it. Love n Hugs

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Larry Ran

My Dearest Cherie,

Oft times in life,  we're forced to walk the plank
Our ship is sinking fast
Certain parts of our existence
Are in jeopardy, when we thought they'd ever last

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We tumble into the blue sea
Not knowing if we can survive
Only time can provide the answer
Will it die, or stay alive

All my love,
Larry xxx

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Cherie Leigh

Hi dear Larry....Life can change on a dime with its outlooks and struggles and resolutions.  Sometimes we have no choice but to just face what fate presents even when it hurts.  Time is the only healer I know to show direction and purpose again when things seem overwhelming.  Your verses coincide very well with my thoughts.  Thank you for your sensitive verses and kind support.  Love n Hugs,  Cherie

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GREG TUCKER THE...

This is such a soulful write.  I love the paintings you brush here.  Incredible just incredible!

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Cherie Leigh

HI Greg...Thank you!  You make me motivated by saying such nice comments...Poetry is cathartic to me. xo ;)

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