Treasure Island

Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Shall I, No More, Contentment Praise


O how shall I contentment find
Within the shadows of my mind
When all the world has lost its grace
For now it be a darker place -
No more to look upon his face

The days they pass in silent gloom
Here in the confines of this room -
This room in which we laughed and cried
Wherein I ever seek to hide -
This room where I alone abide

And as I look towards the light -
The light that shines beyond the night
I seek to find a brighter land
Where once the beauteous rainbow spanned -
Where once I held his gentle hand

A gentle hand that reached for mine
Outreaching thus to so entwine -
Where now the love that was so true?
The love that he and I once knew –
Full glist’ning as the morning dew

In solitude I watch the dawn
With heart bereft and so forlorn -
An empty sky the light betrays
Where nothing fills these soulful days
Shall I, no more, contentment praise …

Shall I, no more, contentment praise

Submitted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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  • Pam Crane (1/17/2014 12:52:00 AM)

    Knowing now why this lovely poem was written, it touches my heart. Keep faith, talk to him - the ones we love stay close to us until God reunites us in the world of the spirit. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (12/10/2013 7:49:00 AM)

    Val, time moves you to be a very strong one, like a grass, a storm cant breaks you..you will stand till sun return_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (12/8/2013 4:30:00 AM)

    This true poetry Val.

    I put it up there with Bright Star by Keats for the undercurrents of love and sadness washing a human shore.

    You are truly gifted Val.

    Pure poetry can only be smelted in moulds of pure experience.

    It hurts my friend and it shines it the dark. The poems that you write will be a source of comfort to others long after you have died yourself.

    Keep on writing.

    Keep on healing. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (12/7/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    This is such a moving write
    Describing a world once so bright
    Now sadly left inert
    It tugs hard at my heart! !

    Poems are the best source of consolation.. Val! ! (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (12/6/2013 9:22:00 AM)

    My goodness, you, as I've often said, are such a gifted poet. These words are beautiful, deep and simply incredible. Pure poetry indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (12/6/2013 2:02:00 AM)

    This poem strikes a chord and is so truthful on many levels and must have been hard to write. A baring of the soul and very powerful. I was very moved by this poem 10/10 BB : O { (Report) Reply

  • Dee Corpolongo (12/5/2013 10:27:00 AM)

    Ok, now this truthfully, made the tears fill my eyes, and such a moving, heartfelt poem it is.
    I've lost many, and the pain that is felt is so heartwretching, esp. when it is your one true love
    and soulmate. I am so sorry, but I am happy you are still writing poems. It seems to help release
    some of the pain, I find. And time....will help soften the heartache. Many {{{hugs}}} my friend (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (12/5/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    ...in the transparent void you fill in the power of will to go ahead still farther and farther and soon the pathway will come to an end and there the element of sorrow too will die... we are journeying thus for a time span.. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (12/5/2013 2:52:00 AM)

    an excellent and v touching poem Mam..........the heart has created a vacuum but still its heavy as its burdened with thoughts and past memories.......worries becomes light when it comes out in the form of a poetic delight.......... (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (12/5/2013 1:38:00 AM)

    Sadness envelops the emptiness. There also remain many sweet memories to be squeezed from cells of the honeycomb that is the past. Beautiful poem that moves the heart. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (12/4/2013 12:06:00 PM)

    A very sad poem, one day at a time, one of those days could bring a brighter dawn. (Report) Reply

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