My Penny Spent So Wrong

A Penny Spent So Wrong
A Penny Spent So Wrong

A penny for the tillerman
and through mists across the waters we glide,
the water lapping loud against the hull,
and I stand in ominous dread
of what lay on the other side,
the cold damp white veil
attesting my reticence,
numbing my fear to bravery,
as we inch closer to a distant shore.

The silence is foreboding,
no bird aloft or even light to show the way,
just this heavy white sheet,
in anticipation of the unknown,
as a stomach growls in worry,
and aching bones on fragile wood does shake,
all for the want of knowing,
what life or fate awaits
upon an untested shore.

A creaking sound echoes
as the boat touches land, with a jolt,
and the tillerman gestures me to leave,
and as I step down upon the wet sand,
that veil begins to lift
and my eyes now focus on the land, what awaits;
but every problem from which I did flee,
now stands before me, like ghosts upon the shore,
un-dead corpses wandering.

I turn to the boat in panic,
but the boat and the tillerman are gone,
my penny spent so wrong,
and I, left upon the same shore
as I did leave across the waters;
and in realization of my quest,
I admit so coldly to myself,
I cannot run from my woes,
for they follow me relentlessly.

Tony DeLorger © 2017

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

Latest posts by Tony DeLorger (see all)

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

6 thoughts on “My Penny Spent So Wrong

  • April 1, 2017 at 10:19 PM
    Permalink

    Wow! This vividly brings forth the way troubles and woes follows us if not resolved. Sometimes the thought of running away from it all is so tempting, only to find it is not left behind, but within. Well done, Tony, well done indeed.

    Reply
    • April 2, 2017 at 6:49 PM
      Permalink

      So true Ralph, he ended up finding the same side as he left! Cheers!

      Reply
  • April 2, 2017 at 6:45 PM
    Permalink

    I have to agree with RJ about not paying the ferryman… enjoyed this piece very much

    Reply
  • April 2, 2017 at 6:49 PM
    Permalink

    Glad you enjoyed it Kurt. Cheers!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

Our cookie settings are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. By continuing to browse this website you are accepting our cookie policy.

Close