Return of the Wanderer

Return of the Wanderer

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

There’s a time at night when the moon is full

And the breakers pound the beach,

The world is dark and asleep, the gull

Lies nesting at the breach,

It’s then that the stirrings from the depths

Reach out, like a dead man’s hand,

And shortly, out of the rivulets

There are footprints on the sand.

 

They come ashore and they stand awhile

And they point, this way and that,

Considering well which way to go

As the waves erase their tracks,

Then a breeze picks up and it parts the grass

In a line up from the shore,

And the shape of feet on a farmer’s stile

Are left, till they dry once more.

 

While up on the rise, a cottage sits

With a single faint night-light,

Its simple beam like a beacon streams

Through the tar-black pitch of night,

While deep inside in a cosy room

Sleeps a girl called Carolyn,

Who tosses fretfully in the gloom

As she dreams the words, ‘Come in!’

 

The footsteps up from the field below

Stand still at the old front door,

The lock is rusty, the hinges swing

For an inch, or maybe more,

The wind is moaning and soughing now

And the door is soon ajar,

As the footsteps enter that sacred place

Under the evening star.

 

And Carolyn lies and moans aloud

As his death invades her sleep,

Since ever the depths had formed his shroud

All she had done was weep,

The footprints stood, facing her bed

For an age it seemed, they kept

A silent vigil, there by her head

When she woke, the sheets were wet.

 

David Lewis Paget


© 2015 David Lewis Paget



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After leaving here to take a walk on the stuffy side of authorsden and the feigned professionalism of folks who are only published because they paid to secure attention for themselves, it is such a refreshing and wonderful thing to read your moving, touching, and compelling poetry once more ...

This piece is beautifully penned, while tragically sad in its message of a lover who return home from sea no more ...

It brings a tear to my eyes, not just that this piece is sad but, that you have received 1695 views, to date, on this great poem and only 29 people took the time to tell you they appreciated all your fine effort ... It truly is discouraging times for writers of any genre in this video go fast, got no time but for Facebook and Twitter age in which we live ...

My proverbial hat is off to you!

Marv

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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Truly stunning. The pace, the description, a beautiful story interwoven throughout. I felt like I could see all unfold before me. Somber yet respectful. I really liked this.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

.....I'm at a loss for words.....this is fantastic! A poem quite evocative of the Romantic ballads (with perhaps a tinge of Noyes and Service), and it was so profound, and very well crafted! The story simply sucked me in with its powerful imagery, and faultless musicality! Well done!

Posted 5 Months Ago


All your poems are bombs they are all interesting

Posted 5 Months Ago


I thought this read extremely well, and the slightly obscure ending didn't matter at all. What do you call an 8 line verse, er, stanza? Is your poem a collection of PROSODY poems? Whatever, David, I thought it was well perceived and executed.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

wet from salty tears or the salt from the sea no one really knows do we? Excellent pen!

Posted 8 Months Ago


After leaving here to take a walk on the stuffy side of authorsden and the feigned professionalism of folks who are only published because they paid to secure attention for themselves, it is such a refreshing and wonderful thing to read your moving, touching, and compelling poetry once more ...

This piece is beautifully penned, while tragically sad in its message of a lover who return home from sea no more ...

It brings a tear to my eyes, not just that this piece is sad but, that you have received 1695 views, to date, on this great poem and only 29 people took the time to tell you they appreciated all your fine effort ... It truly is discouraging times for writers of any genre in this video go fast, got no time but for Facebook and Twitter age in which we live ...

My proverbial hat is off to you!

Marv

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This gave me chills! I know you probably hear this a lot, but you're an amazing writer!

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tony Jordan

10 Months Ago

He's not bad for an old duffer ...am I right David? lol
Lana Huskins

10 Months Ago

Lmao! Oh my.
Great Aunt Astri

6 Months Ago

Who? What? where?
Wow, this is amazing. Far better than most of my poetry. :(

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

David Lewis Paget,
I love the living essence of love living on in our hearts, souls and dreams. "Return of the wanderer." gave life to Carolyn's loss and intensity by her tears. What an amazing picture I see here of the process of her dreams from the world of reality to memory's dream. Like a story too. bless you much................Kathy

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

"As she dreams the words, ‘Come in!’" simply brilliant says i! perfectly placed line ..a beautiful story to read ...i am grateful for the positive outcome as for a moment i was sure he would be taking the young lady to the depths with him .. she (in my mind) is too young to die ;) and her tears will dry and as he stands the vigil faithfully ... she remains safe .. great story once again sir! reading has awakened and uplifted my mind and heart
E.

Posted 11 Months Ago



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Added on February 20, 2015
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