Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Adieu - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

On deck I stand and have my arms
propped on the railing of the boat.
And there I'm fascinated and I stare.

My eyes are fixed upon the waves,
those beauties that are never tired.
I hate to go, to turn away. I do.

And once again, I'm back to say 'good bye'.
I'm fascinated and I dream,
my only love is waiting by the fire.

And, to avoid disturbing fascination
I slowly turn my life from waves away,
but suddenly, at once, I understand-
I cannot leave, the waves want me to stay!

And now it's easy; there is no question,
no world, no life, no wish to be.
The waves are smiling now and making room for me.
The last I say is 'happy' on this earth: I do.

And slow, determined plays the water.


Comments about Adieu by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (1/14/2005 10:38:00 PM)


    spent most my life in a place called ocean city, nj-so in a way i get both points. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/14/2005 12:51:00 PM)


    this reminds me firstly of a portion of the book ' prophet'-Gibran, and then of ' the old man and the sea' - Hemingway.
    I can't say that I get your personal meaning, but I can say I find my own in it. Ahh the beauty of poetry, it takes many shapes....well done.
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  • (12/5/2004 5:40:00 AM)


    You end your poems alot like I do. I like that :) (Report) Reply

  • (11/12/2004 12:33:00 AM)


    I understand this one now...but I won't spoil it for the others. Very good symbolism! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 29, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, April 12, 2010


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