Shailaja Sharma


River So Deep - Poem by Shailaja Sharma

The waves tiptoe gently over my river so deep

A river longing to speak

Of a shining sun trapped below the rubble

A torrent of thunder rolling under the sea

A song of joy now stifled in the silent creek

And while the vastness of me trembles under the heap

Life calls out to the shores beyond

Lingering, pulling, waiting for me to seek

I could drink up the sky, breathe in some forest

or soar alongside a mountain peak

But to break the cocoon, it takes willful might

Treading a trail uncharted and steep

So I choose the comfort of herds

While my fingers cloy at my grief

tearing some skin, blistering a wound

of failed loves and new hurts

The pain reeks of remorse and retribution

Accustomed, familiar and cheap

So while my heart throbs with an ancient song

to un-cage the spirit from its sleep

I choose to look away

And lie still with my river so deep

Topic(s) of this poem: courage, fear, life, river, sun, waves


Comments about River So Deep by Shailaja Sharma

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/23/2018 2:13:00 AM)

    Dear Shailaja, such a well penned fine poem👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 23, 2018



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