Sean OConnor

Rider Of The Lonely Road - Poem by Sean OConnor

A rider kept driving down an empty road as the sunset began to fade into darkness. He starting thinking about his past. He hoped for a new beginning. The rider stopped for a second, as it became night. He sat on his bike, with the only shred of light being the headlights on his motorcycle. He kept pondering in detail the things he once had. There were some good things, but mostly distant memories of a world turned upside down. Scratching his unshaven beard, he began to ride again. As he rode, he realized he would never go back to all the things he had left behind.
(Hollywood, California - 12/28/12)

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A poem with dark imagery about a rider leaving town on a dark road to signify those that have had past troubles and are moving on. My inspiration for this story is the fact that I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and sometimes my emotions can take on a whole new meaning. I was in Hollywood, CA near the greater Los Angeles area and got onto the 101 freeway. Surprisingly, there was no one on it and that's unheard of in L.A. traffic. I was feeling very emotional at the time and just jotted down a few words when I got home. I am not a professional, however I dedicate this poem to anyone that feels they are in dark times and need to move on, which is why the central purpose of my short poem was to create a sort of darkness, yet mystery of who I was speaking about. This way it could be anyone. I wrote this poem to help myself cope with transitions in my life that were drastically changing when I was finally able to find a job and then got promoted to a new company. The years beforehand were very critical in determining who I became as a person and I am glad to leave those dark times in the past.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 10, 2013

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