Paths

paths meet
merging, melding
joy mingles
hopes merge
lovers dance
in euphoric trances
tripping over feet
and hallucinations
of forever

paths part
twisting, disappearing
loss looms
potential swells
change promises
nothing but itself
whispering winds
breathe warm memories
of what could be

forks in roads
determine destinies
yours, mine
poor lost souls
who dared to follow
or tried to lead
or simply sat
idly by
on the curb
watching life’s parade
pass them by

still…

eventually…

fate crosses

all paths

~ smj


“Far beyond these castle walls
Where I thought I heard Tiresias say
Life is never what it seems
And every man must meet his destiny ”
~ Castle Walls, by Styx

15 Comments to “Paths”

  1. I can not say that I’ve ever done as follows below but I was so moved by your piece that I wanted to submit for your critique, an iServent spin in your poem. I hope you enjoy, for it is said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

    paths meet
    merging, melding
    joy mingles
    hopes converging
    lovers dance
    in euphoria entrancing
    tripping over feet
    and hallucinating
    of forever

    paths part
    twisting, disappearing
    loss looms
    potentials swelling
    change promises
    nothing but evolving
    whispering winds
    breathe warmth in the remembering
    of what could be

    forks in roads
    determining destinies
    yours, mine
    poor lost souls wandering
    who dared to follow
    or try leading
    or simply sat
    idly buying time
    on the curb
    watching life parading
    passing them by

    still…

    eventually…

    fate crosses

    all paths

  2. Powerful and emotional. Reminds me that I must always choose my path regardless of who may, or may not, follow.

  3. strong and rememberable this is the kind of thing that’ll make you think! i like alot it makes you question which path you have taken! =D

  4. that was a little despairing, sometimes i wonder about you sam, which one of us is more angst driven. but your poems are never as dark it seems, bittersweet but not dark. although you do delve on some haunting things sometimes. i think life is one big crossroad after another, which may be worse than forks. but i suppose if things are predestined there is neither, and we are only here for someone’s amusement and life is nothing but an ant farm.

  5. Paths, we all have to chose, to go to stay…to laugh to cry….to love to hate…to live to die….thanks for sharing your beautifu written word!!!

  6. “hallucinations of forever …” maybe we are just guilty of trying to see too far? Another wonderfully complex and meaningful poem Sam!

  7. An Imperfect Servant –
    =) thank you for that. I am indeed flattered. I don’t feel very qualified to critique much… rather, I know I can use helpful advice myself – so, I appreciated your spin. I can see what a difference just a few minor changes can make… some places, I like the way yours flowed much better . Some places, (like the end of the 1st verse) I wasn’t sure if the changes you made still conveyed what I was trying to say or something new?? Either way, I am moved that you felt so inclined to write, and share this. =)

    Jaymie – Yes.. and something tells me… you do that… and do it well. =) thank you for your comments.. it’s always good to see you.

    bittersweetie95 –
    thank for visiting and glad you like this. yes.. questions of what paths did you take.. and in your case, as young and full of life as you are, the bigger question would be which paths WILL you take?? I hope, for you, they are always the ones with fewer regrets, and more love. =)

    Charles,
    =) you make me smile.. even in the midst of my angst. ;) I’m glad I’m at least a little sweet… even if it’s bittersweet. ;) and, I am not a believer of predestines or ant farm theories. To me, life is more of a circle.. than it is a path.. what might seem like a road with an end… may just be a place to merge or to change gears. Choices, and situations derived from them, are often temporary… more choices appear… and, in the end.. we are all just temporary.. yet, life goes on. (if that makes any sense whatsoever… ;)

    Terri – Yes…. Many decisions… many options…. Some things we have no control over… but, sometimes… sometimes, we hit those forks in the road, and it is completely up to us! =) Thanks for commenting. Always appreciated.

    Purple – Thank you. Yes… I think, perhaps, many of us are too worried about what’s up and around that bend… or perhaps, blissfully unaware that there even IS a bend… or, maybe, the worse case scenario is to be so full of ourselves that we think we already know for sure what IS around the bend?! When really, there’s no way we can possibly know some things… Thanks for the read, purple. =)

  8. Yass, lost souls sitting idle by the curb hallucinating from?
    Oh wait, it’s a crossroad!

    Hahahahahaha I just tripped over my big ass feet…again!

    Dig this poem…

  9. Sam are you posting poetry here under different titles?
    http://www.sparkpeople(dot)com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2955867
    Replace the (dot) with an actual dot. WordPress wouldn’t let me post a link otherwise. :)

    • what the? No. I am not posting there, I don’t know that person, or blog, and yes, that is definitely my poem.

      The place it’s posted (http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2831191 )
      I had to join to leave a comment, but I did. We’ll see what happens. Thanks for noticing this and letting me know.

      This is a first, that I know of… Should I be flattered?

      • They do say imitation is a form of flattery. She’s taken 13 of mine!!!! You can email the site host with the following letter (link at the end of this comment and use the host version) and include the link to your site and where the poem is posted on her site.

        I found site host’s policy on copyright infringement:

        “You agree not to assert any claim, whether based on tort, contract, or other legal theory, against SparkPeople or its sublicensees relating to SparkPeople’s or its sublicensees’ use of the User Generated Content that is in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy, and you hereby release SparkPeople and its sublicensees from any such claims. You represent that your User Generated Content: (1) will not infringe any third party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights; ”

        Here is the letter template you could use as I mentioned above:
        http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stock-letters/

        She’s got pages of nothing but good poetry, and I doubt a single one is hers. She changes titles as if they were her own, when she could simply provide a link and give credit if she appreciates it so much. She just needs to be taught a lesson about respecting others’ hard work. She must lack self-confidence if she feels she must portray herself as something she’s not just to gain a few measly positive comments from people online.

  10. noranoir –
    It looks like that blog/site is gone. She must have taken it down after getting the comments and being found-out. I was hoping that maybe she was just collecting things she liked, and didn’t know to put links or give credit… but, you’re right… she had a ton of them… and never seemed to mention they weren’t hers. I don’t understand why anyone would feel good about getting compliments on poems they didn’t write. ??

    At any rate, it’s gone… and, I supose it wasn’t the first and won’t be the last time somehting like this happens.

    And, thanks for letting me know! We need to stick together when something like this happens, I think, to make people think twice and realize they will get caught.

    • I agree, we need to stick together. When I found the first poem, I called her out on it and the site seemed to be gone. I think she went private mode or the site host blocked her for awhile. But then I realized the other day that it was back up and there were more than 1, there were 13! So I started looking at the ones that were not mine and saw poems that belong to poets I know from around here.

      I let everyone know since I would want someone to do that for me. It’s the golden rule.

      Because her site seems to be in the mode it was before, I still recommend sending the cease and desist letter to the site host and use the link I gave you as a reference to the place where it was plagiarized. If the site host is getting letters from multiple people, they’ll likely terminate her account.

      I’m sure it took a long time to collect those, and it really was a great collection. She changed the titles on some of mine as if she didn’t even understand the meaning. Pitiful. If she were to start a new site, it would likely take her awhile to amass her collection again, unless she backed them up on her computer somewhere. I will keep a keen eye out for any new things that may pop up in the aftermath of this, and in the meantime, I’ve locked down my site. I will only add those I know and trust to the private access.

  11. Nora – will do. And, will also keep my eyes open for things to re-emerge, so that is good to know. It is pretty sad that someone would even do that. I really don’t get it. Doesn’t she have anything of her own to feel good about? Sad, really.

    I thought about making this blog private… but, really, don’t want to go there..

    Thanks again for letting me know.. and, keep me posted, as I will you, if you see anything again!

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