Smoky Hoss

Freshman - 1,738 Points (01 may 1962 / U.S.A.)

Drifting Away


' For the beginning is assuredly
the end -since we know nothing, pure
and simple, beyond
our own complexities. ' - William Carlos Williams

You work hard to make it
from dawn to dusk each new day,
you'll switch off the light come every night
and then go drifting away -

You do what you must
but would rather go out and play,
the Lord says you'll get your reward
when your soul goes drifting away -

You stop in your tracks
kneal and pray,
hoping these words are heard
as up they go, drifting away -

You go to the bar
to hear what the blues men say,
a couple of drinks, and you begin to think
it may be best to just go drifting away -

The waitress brings you one more
upon a dirty old tray,
she smiles all the while
but, you know she'd just as soon you'd go drifting away -

You make up your mind everything is fine
and today it's all ok,
but when the day is done you'll wish you could run
and let it all drift away -

So you head out the door
to be upon your way,
wishing the old car would drive off far
to where everything wrong goes drifting far away -

You make one last stop by the bank
to draw your pay,
in walks a man, with a gun in his hand...
when he pulls the trigger you'll go on forever, drifting away -

Submitted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Edited: Sunday, September 01, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Form:


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Drifting Away by Smoky Hoss )

  • Freshman - 2,106 Points Hans Vr (9/1/2013 12:02:00 AM)

    A good poem elaborating on some reality issues.
    Sometimes I feel like reality is closing in and 'd like just drifting away from it
    Yet on other times, I manage to count the blessings, to see so much beauty,
    that I truly love the reality so much.
    The last stanza brings us with our feet back on the ground
    Finally all of us will drift away into another reality (?) ... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 212 Points Dee Corpolongo (8/30/2013 10:44:00 AM)

    Wow....did not expect that ending! Great poem as I love just drifting away...
    and you've got so much to say! ! ! Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Claudia Krizay (8/23/2013 7:11:00 PM)

    Very very good, Smoky! So much insight- I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (8/23/2013 6:17:00 PM)

    drifting away in many different ways. a good write. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,047 Points Valerie Dohren (8/22/2013 8:12:00 AM)

    Well I'd certainly like to go drifting away many times over Smoky, but think I'll give the last stanza a rain check!
    Great poem, well written. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,260 Points Neela Nath (8/22/2013 7:51:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem.Loved very much. (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
[Hata Bildir]