I traveled the edge
into your darkness
where only strength
of love would dare roam

Compassion – my guide
Empathy – my desire
to glimpse through
your stained blue eyes

and see what you have seen
and feel what you have felt
and cried when you have bled

Your lingering visions
frightening to the core
adhering to old
melancholy etchings
of aged distant time

I know…I know what it is
to be alone

Yet, know this truth, my love
loosen away the empty cold

Cast aside those blackened nights
remove all stones, clear the path
your sunrise has begun

I promise

☮TheMsLvh © 2012

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  1. March 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    nice…can feel the compassion in this…and it is hard to face those demons and dark of another as wel…but you are right…love wins in the end and light will overcome the dark…

    • March 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      You are right Brian, it is one thing to face your own, but to seek insight into another’s terror is a profound experience.

  2. ***
    March 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    It has the incoherence of a dream but happily not too much of a fright scene.
    Do you recall most dreams?

    • March 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      This was about someone awake in their nightmare, PTSD. Connecting to their visions, I found Love was the only way for trust. Trust is a key. And yes, I do remember most of my dreams. Vivid Color!

  3. Laurie Kolp
    March 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    It’s so good to “see” you again. I’ve been wondering where you were. I really enjoyed this and love the ending!

  4. March 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    This was spoke to me about being with someone suffering from a nightmare- maybe in the past – and you were trying to offer reassurance and light and positivity- showing that some nightmares can be left behind- loved the phot that you out with this as well- a sunset- maybe signifying the end of the nightmare and the dawn of a new day. There are many people who can take strength from this piece . Very much enjoyed it

  5. hedgewitch
    March 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Great to see you posting again, theMsLVH. This one is a very upbeat journey into and escape from nightmare, and rings with sincerity.

    • March 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Yes, it just flowed from the heart. Been an interesting few say the least. Good to see all of you. I missed everyone!

  6. March 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    ‘stained blue eyes’, ‘cried when you have bled’, very nice all around.

  7. March 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Beautiful. I love the whole progression within the poem and then the optimistic ending. Wonderful!

  8. March 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I enjoyed this very much…thank you for posting it.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    • March 31, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Siggi for visiting. I sure am glad to see everyone. All of you are a wonderful group of people.

  9. March 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Yes, it is wonderful to see you back at dVerse! Oh, if we only learn to remove those stones…

    • March 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Anna, I hope to be writing more. Life sort of went into high gear for a few months. Things should be settling down. I wrote this for a friend of mine. Bless his soul.

  10. March 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    What a gorgeous ending!

  11. March 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Standing at the edge of the precipice, one never knows whether what is beyond is the abyss – or the promise.

  12. April 1, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Entering into another’s fear… now that’s getting metaphysical! Ambitious and delightful.

    • April 1, 2012 at 6:05 am

      and necessary to understand their living nightmare. I find it takes a lot of love to be able to handle it. I am not a professional in this field, just helping a friend while professionals are helping. I wrote this and gave it to him. He loved it. Love and trust go hand in hand. Thank you David for your lovely comment.

  13. April 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    SO nice to see you back! This is a beautiful and compassionate companioning of someone who must surely appreciate you. Very beautifully written. And the photo is STUNNING. Makes me homesick!

  14. April 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    wow…totally trying to see through the others eyes and understand his emotions and fears…love the compassion in this..

  15. April 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Oh wow! You have descibed so well the hard heart-work of helping another person live through their nightmare and survive, being their hope and hoping to be enough.

  16. April 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This is an beautiful poem, well written and felt it in my heart and soul

  17. Pamela
    April 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Sad, empathetic and caring. I pray the path clears and peace found. My thoughts are with you sister. with love, Pamela

    • April 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Living this through the eyes of someone else is really a test of love to say the least. Love you too Sis.

  18. April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

    actually, the scariest part here is the lingering visions, since after the nightmare, we don’t want that…so it brings the nightmare into the day

    semantic feeling

  19. April 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Your poem goes brilliantly with the equally haunting picture:

    ‘Your lingering visions
    frightening to the core
    adhering to old
    melancholy etchings
    of aged distant time’

    Wonderful stuff!

  20. April 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Wonderful – just wonderful. Especially, “I promise.” So full of hope!

  21. April 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    ‘and cried when you have bled’ – what a brilliant line

    • April 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you Joe. Yes, it has been awhile. Poetry had to take a back seat for a bit. Miss you and hope to see you on your beautiful blog and here. XO

      • April 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        Awwwwwwww…you’re sweet. So glad you are back…and with a vengence i might add !!!

  22. April 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Hey there, missy, thanks for stopping by the Pencil. This is so beautiful, the thoughts about hope, the reassuring tone of the speaker. Your final two lines are treasures. Welcome back and welcome home, LVH! We’ve missed you. Peace, Amy

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