James B. Earley

Rookie - 867 Points (5 April 1934 / Mounds, Il)

Passion's Pride

Alone.........I sit
By the fishing hole
Didn't bring..don't need
...No fishing pole

Just want to catch
A breath of air
..And reconcile

..For in my slumber
Though wide awake
Passion's pride
Fueled my mistake

..And now..so alone am I
By the fishing hole
Didn't bring..don't need
...No fishing pole

Author's note:

.....Just the way life is.........sometimes.....

Submitted: Sunday, June 29, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Cj Heck (8/5/2009 9:02:00 PM)

    I do enjoy how you write about life - you make it real. This was no exception, as it was written very well.
    Warmest regards,
    CJ Heck (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 110 Points Myrtle Thomas (4/7/2009 4:59:00 PM)

    James, I think I've been fishing the same way.I often found much peace down by the fishing hole. A though inspiring poem.Well penned. a10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Richard Dates (4/6/2009 10:03:00 PM)

    Brief, concise, to the point, yet evocative and complex.

    RJDates (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Roshni D'Souza (4/1/2009 6:23:00 PM)

    Love the overall sense of the poem. The breaks in the words completely set the pace for the read and make it even better. Thanks, roshni. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raynette Eitel (4/1/2009 12:01:00 PM)

    James, this is a paradox...in that the simplicity of the poem makes it complex. At first reading, I wasnt so sure about it, but found myself returning to it and contemplating the need which went beyond a fishing hole and a pole. I don't, however, think the title fits the poem. This is just my opinion, of course, but do think about it.

    Raynette (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Linda Ori (3/31/2009 12:59:00 AM)

    There's just something about water that's comforting, relaxing, and mind-altering. What better place to contemplate life's choices and consequences? Nicely done, James.
    Linda :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Lynda Robson (3/29/2009 4:48:00 PM)

    A lovely relaxing read James, made better by the pauses in the words, who needs a line, and who needs the fishes lol,
    Lynda xx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tai Chi Italy (3/29/2009 10:29:00 AM)

    I love the elipses throughout your journey here James! it gives the reader the feelings of the urgency to just catch his breath and assess the outcome of his decisions in life. Passions pride, leaves us nowhere to hide.

    Thank you for pointing me in this direction. We all need our space, this poem reminds me of an old expression

    If wishes were fishes
    We'd all be down the chip shop!

    Yeah! who needs a pole?

    Smiling at you

    Tai (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points Bonnie Collins (3/28/2009 11:44:00 PM)

    Very enjoyable write filled with alot of serentiy....... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Original Unknown Girl (3/28/2009 5:05:00 PM)

    I really like this James, it appears much deeper than at first read. Your feelings resonate and I like the backdropp of the fishing pool with no rod. Interesting and poignant. HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jasmin Whyte (3/28/2009 12:21:00 PM)

    Life can be so tough, and the imagery in this poem brings home that bleak message, but, another season will come and with it bring the fishes (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carl Harris (3/28/2009 11:50:00 AM)

    Well, being an avid bass fisherman myself, James, I can assure you that I would ever be near any body of water without my fishin' pole! Still, fishing is not the subject of this fine poem, which is quite well written and beautifully expressed. Often in our lives, we make a mistake or say something to hurt someone in a foolish moment of pride or passion. Generally, most folks lament such a mis-spoken comment (to borrow a phrase made popular by Hillary Clinton last year) for a considerable period of time afterwards, and little can be done to rectify the situatuon. The regret you felt for such a remark runs all through this superbly written poem. Carl. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christine Kerr (3/28/2009 7:41:00 AM)

    For sure sitting by the water and hearing it run, can be such a relaxing moment to help get your thoughts together. Nicely put (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Lee Crowell (3/28/2009 12:38:00 AM)

    nice work James
    I like your attitude in this piece (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 374 Points Ency Bearis (3/27/2009 11:23:00 PM)

    very impressive verses..nice concept to get thru the thoughts by the water...10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 279 Points Marilyn Lott (3/27/2009 7:58:00 PM)

    There is nothing like sitting by the water to clear your mind, make a decision or just be out with mother nature. There is nothing like country... sounds like a poem, I'll bet it is! Loved it, James! A '10! ' my friend.

    Warm Wishes,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 85 Points Mark R Slaughter (3/27/2009 5:12:00 PM)

    So true - fishing rod is an excuse for a man to get away to sit and muse.
    Great piece James
    Mark (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen Stirk (3/27/2009 9:59:00 AM)

    Yep, I can go with that one. A well written piece. Mine is country walking for hours on end, and then wondering how you got where you were going without any thought.
    Enjoyed. Thanks for pointing me to it
    Steve (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 190 Points Seema Chowdhury (3/27/2009 6:20:00 AM)

    such a nice way of expressing your emotions. well done. nice flow in the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Fowler (3/27/2009 1:30:00 AM)

    Very pensive. We all have regrets. You have expressed yours very well.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

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