Those Cold Dark Streets

Those Cold Dark Streets
Those Cold Dark Streets

Nevertheless my heart still beats,
regardless of the pain and betrayal
that echoes long in the silence
of my deserted streets,
where ghost wander unfulfilled,
lost to past, tethered to the yearning
of irresolution.

Their gaunt faces and cold stares
are disconcerting as we collide, and
they just walk on, oblivious, nothing inside,
and it floods me with sorrow,
all those loose ends of life,
borrowed but never addressed,
never faced in daylight.

This human weight is more than burden,
carrying around regrets and sermons I once ignored,
through arrogant youth and stubborn truths
refused to be acknowledged,
and in later years, where life settles into place,
these apparitions find need to rise,
to compromise my ease.

Face these echoes I must,
just to find them a bed to sleep, and off my streets,
my inner sanctum of a shadowed past,
and now I chose to fill with memories
more attuned to a loving heart,
not all that I did wrong,
mistakes and wrongs experienced.

Smiling faces and loves I’ve known,
far better in these streets within,
where daylight and sunshine imbue a better peace,
a release from emotions long buried
or should have been,
to now not haunt a soul too old to recognize
the better side of past.

I close my eyes and visualise those faces,
beautiful loves and flesh so soft,
of loving eyes that melted this heart so effortlessly,
and their words and laughter fill my streets,
the joy of youth, the indiscreet faux pas
of love’s reckless greed,
all that now echo in my once shadowed streets.

Burdens are accepted loss and plight
carried out of guilt and regret,
yet forgiveness of self is all they need,
to be resolved and finally find sleep,
so those dark streets become light,
and joy the memories I invite,
as I find kindness in my heart, for myself.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

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
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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 “Those Cold Dark Streets

  • August 15, 2018 at 10:50 PM
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    Great work, Tony, and so emotive it touches my heart. Being kind to self is so important. Long ago you told me to be kind to myself and I was amazed how much it helped. To forgive others helps us to remember love with fond memories, to forgive our self frees us. Well done. Take care.

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  • August 15, 2018 at 11:16 PM
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    It certainly does Phyllis and freedom gives us peace. Struggling with perfection is pointless as we are designed to fall, to learn: that is the point. Glad you enjoyed the work dear friend. Cheers!

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  • August 16, 2018 at 7:17 AM
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    A very timely piece for me Tony you penned here. I too often have lived in the dark side of streets from my past. Never really setting my soul free, yet I have found over the past few years my heart and soul leaning more on loving memories and faces from my past, when I do, I immediately feel a great relief coming over my heart, softening it, assuring it that life going forward in forgiveness is how I will find peace in my restless soul. I will always have dark shadows hiding in the shadows, but to call them out only when inspired by my Muse to share some of that darkness from my past. Finding peace in my mind allows me the freedom to go on each day, I prefer that over the other. I agree, we all fall, but the trick is getting back up and moving forward towards the mark. Peace my friend.

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  • August 16, 2018 at 8:41 AM
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    Thanks Vincent, yes I agree: forgive and move on, onward and upward. We must allow the peace in our hearts to prevail over the shadows. Take care my friend.

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  • August 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM
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    Sometimes you have to attack the virus head on to get rid of it. But sometimes you have to forgive and forget too. Excellent piece my friend I think we all have drifted in and out of that shadow world a bit.

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  • August 16, 2018 at 10:38 PM
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    I agree Paul, we all can relate. Glad you enjoyed it my friend. Take care.

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