Treasure Island

Leah Ayliffe

(June 8,1991 / Toronto)

Lost Girl Found.


Living in the West End
We made our way downtown.
City lights, night people,
To the skyscrapers that shine tall.
Arms linked like golden friends,
Drinking captain straight from the bottle,
Laughing and screaming underneath the stars,
We didn't care who was looking.
Up up up to the top,
Second last floor please, straight from the lobby.
His view was magnificent:
Dreams of bright colours fused together
In a vision of dancing streetlights.
We played the right games,
Truth or dare,
Dare me baby, cause the truth is too hard
For a girl who has lived many different lives.
It gets a little hot, the crowd a little thirsty,
So we make another round, drink a little more,
Til the clock hits 1 and I need to go.
I left alone.
I walked alone.
Down the almost empty city streets
That was still filled with noise.
Rain gently falling from the sky,
The air smelled of sweet summertime.
I was not afraid,
I'm a lucky little girl who wanders in the dark,
Always searching for a spark.
I didn't know what it was, but I was looking for something.
Lost, not in the streets design.
Lost in my own head.
How do you purge the fantasy you've built in your mind?
Everything I want is trapped in there.
The busy noise turns quiet.
The buildings start to fade as I reach the beach,
On English Bay.
The water soothes my mind
Because it leaves the shore so often,
But it always returns for more.
Like me,
I'll always want more from this life.
As a child I wandered too deeply in my pretty mind,
I was scared of all the things I'd never find.
The world I may never see,
A love so true it would kill me in the most beautiful way.
Every old movie film with black and white starlets on the silver screen,
Every old story that my fingers and memory may never touch.

The moment I stopped searching for answers
I was set free.
The questions don't matter much anymore,
I let them drift away behind me.
I let myself surrender to the tide.
I gave myself to the movement of the oceans wave.
I go wherever it takes me,
Where my good vibrations send me.
I trust the starry universe, the metaphoric God,
Where city and nature collide in harmony,
I was reborn a freedom angel.
I was found.

Submitted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Edited: Thursday, June 12, 2014

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my summer in Vancouver changed me.

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  • Sandra Feldman (8/7/2014 4:14:00 PM)

    Sometimes it pays not to ask, when or why.
    Good girl you learned before it was too late.
    Very well presented (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (7/2/2014 2:48:00 PM)

    Wow! ! This in my humble opinion is probably one of your best poems yet. That was quite an imaginative journey so many thoughts. I could seriously hear all these lines in a dick tracy movie for todays present time. Very Very well done! ! Leah I am proud of you =)

    Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 12:06:00 PM)

    I liked the natural flow in your poem that so truthfully depicts your thoughts!
    'I'll always want more from this life.
    As a child I wandered too deeply in my pretty mind,
    I was scared of all the things I'd never find.
    The world I may never see,
    A love so true it would kill me in the most beautiful way.' - Very beautiful indeed!
    'I let myself surrender to the tide.
    I gave myself to the movement of the oceans wave.
    I go wherever it takes me,
    Where my good vibrations send me.
    I trust the starry universe, the metaphoric God,
    Where city and nature collide in harmony,
    I was reborn a freedom angel.
    I was found.' - Absolutely stunning! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (6/14/2014 7:38:00 AM)

    Excellent narrative of a hard journey as well as a triumph of the kind. The poem speaks your mind and effectively conveys a message. (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (6/14/2014 12:12:00 AM)

    Yes, when we stop searching and looking for answers they suddenly find us,
    freeing us from all the things in life that bind us. In the end, locating oneself,
    surrendering and giving yourself the option to go wherever life takes you.
    A beautifully written poem, I enjoyed it immensely. It has rhythm and balance
    flowing throughout it. Thank you also for reading my poems and commenting
    I totally appreciated all your thoughtful comments. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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