Our Fate is In Our Hands

Our Fate is In Our Hands
Our Fate is In Our Hands

Tethered to a lifeboat,
for sure I cannot drown,
but there’s a leak in this my lifeboat,
a slow and destined sinking
that will surely drag me down;
so am I certain to survive if we are parted,
free amid the stormy seas,
or do I try to plug that hole,
keep afloat long enough
for the storm to ease?

So what is this lifeboat
to which I am tethered, in fate,
my delusions of a merciful God
or some other belief I have sate,
driving me to panic, for no-one has appeared,
me myself alone with all my fears
amid a storm of my misdeeds;
this lifeboat is hope, as unlikely as it is,
the storms of my making
now taking me where it leads.

Yet doubts plague my consciousness,
as holes appear one by one,
and me, gulping water by the bucket,
to realize my thinking brings me undone,
I must cling to my hopes
and know I am alone in this to cope;
if I can’t save myself then I will be lost,
at the hands of my stupidity,
my ebbing life at cost…
this all my own responsibility.

My tether breaks, the boat does sink,
the sun comes out and seas just calm in sync,
and I realize I can float, no stone or weighted coat
to drag me down,
and like a cork I, profound, survive,
alive in my own hands,
my own thoughts the boat of my hope,
but more than that, my savior;
so my fears subside and dissipate,
and on my back I contemplate the sky.

Fear can be overwhelming,
but it is we who have the key to understanding,
our fate is in our hands.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

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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

3 thoughts on “Our Fate is In Our Hands

  • April 29, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    That is true, Tony, our fate is in our hand. I do not think of you as stupid, though, far from it, Just recently I feel as though I am, because of my own insecurity. Very well penned work indeed. x

  • April 29, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    PS: There is always hope and after reading this work of yours I recall there is still a lot of hope within me, and love, too. Love will overcome all fears.

  • April 29, 2018 at 10:03 PM

    Yes, we too often lose faith in ourselves, which is so counter-productive because we are the ones holding the cards, and it is our thoughts and actions that create our world. Take care Phyllis.


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