Treasure Island

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

(July 12,1952 / New York City)

Song To A Drifter


Like the wind breathes upon the leaves
Behind are left sweet memories
You live in my heart, soul and mind
In the world you own, now left behind
O Drifter, drifter why did you go?
Adrift in the wind only time could know

You, unsettled by the roads you own
So far away you have freely flown
You touch upon the waves at sea
You wander the storms of Eternity
Drifter, drifter have you found your soul?
Unanchored, your vision sets distant goals

Untamed spirit of sapphire sky
Grave are my tears for you I cry
This wide world you call your home
Born in your heart the need to roam
Free, unchained no earthly bonds need
Drifting, drifting..you're gone take heed

While I keep yearning wistfully
It's on this sad day I set you free
To catch the winds of wilder climes
To seek your soul 'till the end of time
Drifter, drifter through life you've gone by
Forever in my heart you will never die.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 03, 2008

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  • Scarborough Gypsy (11/24/2009 9:40:00 PM)

    Oh! How I love the thought of being unanchored. I can smell the salty air and feel the sea breaze blowing through my hair as I watch the distant sails of his boat become smaller and smaller. Beautiful poem. You have captured so much and this gypsy drifted away on the poems emotions and imagery.Thank You (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Cromer (6/29/2009 11:01:00 PM)

    Intensely beautiful! Vivid and descriptive, I can feel sadness and strength in it. There is a hint of understanding and acceptance, but also of wonder. Very, very good. DC (Report) Reply

  • ppp sss (4/24/2009 1:47:00 PM)

    While I stumble a bit over the last two lines, I find the whole idea of this piece enchanting!
    I wonder if you have written another perhaps, from the drifter's point of view? (Report) Reply

  • Edgar Andrade Baguio (9/23/2008 4:14:00 AM)

    Now, this is what I call 'simply beautiful'. It is full of tender emotions of the persona. The touch of pure sincerity and caress that reaches out to humanity. A 10 for you my friend. (Report) Reply

  • Greenwolfe 1962 (9/6/2008 5:13:00 PM)

    This song to a drifter is a special thing. I would have given it a 10 if it was perfect. It wasn't, so it only gets a 9.

    GW62 (Report) Reply

  • ngaio beck (9/5/2008 8:21:00 PM)

    another beautiful interlude.I perceive you are a true women in the classic sense.Today 'A pearl of great price' (Report) Reply

  • Kathleen West (9/4/2008 9:13:00 AM)

    Beautiful and wistful poem. If you love someone set them free......but it does it open-ended for him to come back. I like your writing style. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Cordell Rich (9/3/2008 12:25:00 PM)

    Good Poem. I really like the standard verse. I an not very good at it myself. I think I do well with free verse but then everyone things they do well with free verse. But when i try to write a structured poem as you have, mine seem to sound like second graders wrote it. Good Job. (Report) Reply

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