The Lonesome Road Poem by Mike Barrett

The Lonesome Road

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It is a lonesome road
That each of us is travellin'
Although at times
It may not so appear.
But deep within your deepest self
You know it's true
It is a lonesome road
That each of us is on.

Oh, I can be beside you
Hear your laughter,
And I can help to dry
Your broken hearted tear -
But what you really are experiencing,
Is it mine as truly as it's yours?

No matter how we spend
Our time together,
No matter how we
Each other share -
You have your own
Experience of these moments,
As I have mine
Of these moments shared.

Your world is yours
And never any other's
To each it's own
Is how the law is writ' .
What's true to you
Is indeed your truth -
My truth to me
Is what I hold as true.

We honor love
Between the self and other,
It is treasured as a sacred
Priceless gift -
But what is love
To you I am now asking -
What are the words you have for it?

It is a lonesome road
That each is travellin'
Although at times
It may not so appear
But deep within your deepest self
You know it's true
It is a lonesome road
That each is on.

The joys we find
As on this road we travel
May sometimes seem
Not really worth the pain -
Yet when we come to know
Our highest nature,
There's little doubt
We'd come this way again.

There's little doubt
We'd come this way again!

© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Another lyrical poem which while writing it about 35 years ago I heard the 'music' which accompanied it. Not being able to write music, nor having a tape recorder, the tune has long since returned to the ethers! If you're a musician, the lyrics will inspire you. If interested, get in touch, who know, something of mutual benefit may be in the cards!

The roots of the poem go back to a discussion I had with my mother when I was 17. In that discussion she said, 'Michael, when a mother gives birth to a child, the mother has the experience of giving it its birth, but the child alone has the experience of its own birth. Similarly, when the time arrives to check out of a lifetime (die) , the room can be filled with 4 billion people, but only the person checking out has the experience of its own passing. The most simple way I can say it is that we, each of us, is been alone and each dies alone. That's life. About 18 years later I did a contemplation on that discussion. What I concluded was not only are we born alone and die alone, but also we live alone. In saying that I fully realize that in our lives we always live in some relationship with the other, some relationships closer than others, ie: with parents, siblings, spouses, our own children, relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, team-mates, etc., etc.; but the bottom line is we are never truly the other - close, but not exactly. The words of this poem came out following that contemplation. Enjoy, or not, as Spirit so moves you! Cheers!
Valsa George 18 January 2014

It is a lonesome road That each is travellin' Although at times It may not so appear But deep within your deepest self You know it's true It is a lonesome road That each is on. There is no other truth more solid than this! I feel that your mother stated the direct truth in the plainest way possible... Such random words when spoken out of conviction may sink deep and...... then surface up, may be after several years! It has happened here! Yes, inspite of everyone around us, we have to live our individual life all by oneself! !

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Mike Barrett 12 January 2014

Hi Marie, thanks for your kind words - much appreciated. We can agree to disagree on your NOBODY dies alone observation, yes, there may be spiritual guides or other loved ones there at the moment of passing, but the Soul in transition is the Soul that makes the other Soul but that Soul makes that Souls transition. That's the difference between our perspectives, at least as I see it. I'm one of those Souls who experiences Soul travel on a more or less periodic basis.....much of my poetry comes to me following periods of contemplation and thus is quite spiritual in nature. Thanks again....I'll check to see if you have any of your poems on this site and if so will, from time to time, comment on them. Cheers!

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Mike Barrett 29 December 2013

Hi Soul, thanks for your's appreciated. Sometimes folks get the idea that there's a lonliness in this poem. It's not intended that way. I too am fully aware that along the we meet meet and deal with countless and in fact are in some form of relationship....some deeply intimate and some most distantly remote. But even with that said we, each of us, is never exactly the other, and never will be. But that's OK....and a some time in eternity we come to the realization that the Self and the Other are One....not identical, but equality in the quality of being Soul, a unique particle of God's consciousness, God's beingness. Please, if you would like to, feel free to share my work with friends and family.

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Payal Parande 29 December 2013

Yes we are born alone yes we die alone yes we breath alone yes we have feelings alone, but when we are born we are born with our mother when we breath, we breath with our love ones, when we have feelings we have them because of other people, every coin have its two sides in life on one side we are all alone and on other side we are all surrounded by our loved ones, a beautiful piece sir, there are two many poems but the one which makes you think and smile is the real poem, i must say you are brilliant sir

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Love and camaraderie expressed differently. " There's little doubt We'd come this way again! " enjoyed

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Loke Kok Yee 03 October 2015

After reading this poem I have a better understanding of why things happens the way they did and why people reacted the way they did. There is a profound lesson in this lovely poem. Thanks for the lesson.

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Mike Barrett 04 October 2015

Hi Loke Kok, I'm pleased that this poem helped you in some way. Life is an amazing voyage, a school that teaches Soul something about Its divinity and Its purpose in eternity. A single lifetime is like a single chapter in a book. As Souls, we have infinite chapters to experience before we become self-realized and God realized. Sometimes we hit lonely patches, but we're never truly alone. God in one form or another is always there to bless, guide and uplift us.

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Soulful Heart 12 October 2014

lyrics that compells contemplation......musical in its rythm that gives company in the lonesome road of every beautiful and absolutely true.....

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Mike Barrett 01 September 2014

Hi Oladehinde, thanks for your kind words, most appreciated. I consider myself more a spiritual than a philosophical Soul. I shall, in the next day or two take some time to review and comment upon some of your poems. Cheers! PS: I'm not on this site every day but do visit it from time to time during the week.

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Oladehinde J Ibikunle 29 August 2014

We laugh, dine and dance together. Yet, the road on which travel is lonesome. We love, share and in each other confide. Yet, the road on which we travel is lonesome. Life, itself, is contrasting and ironical. Truly, sir, you are phenomenaly philosophical!

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Mike Barrett

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