Fugitive

Fugitive

A Poem by Robert Ray


I flee and hide;

my true feelings,

concealed behind

a joke, a grin.

 

Your frown pursues,

denying my escape,

almost breaks through,

until I’m gone again.

 

My desperate path,

no destination,

no strategy,

no courage.

 

A stolen heart,

broken constitutions,

unarmed, unarmored,

bleeding, dying.

 

No will to fight...

Nowhere to hide...

No time to mend. 

In my shadow, I cower.

 


© 2018 Robert Ray



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This poem was extremely poignant for me, I resort far too often to concealing my feelings and the awareness in this that it is cowardliness gives it honesty, but it's still easier to have this resentment for yourself then face the truth.
Your frown pursues,
Denying my escape,
Almost breaks through
I hope this person does breakthrough, because all it needs is someone to push a little harder and then everything will come flooding out....and then you can write another awesome poem.
Also I loved the simple layout and shortness of the sentences, really get the sense of the confinement.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Emma. As we often do, I probably revealed a bit too much of myself in this poem. Still,.. read more
Emma

1 Month Ago

I think that all poetry is extremely personal and the words that came to you when you were writing .. read more



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Great portrait of a shattered psyche-hurt by love and life. “In my shadow, I cower”-shadow possibly metaphoric for past destructive experiences.. superb language, form, flow, cadence. Great use of repetition in third verse. Her “frown” will not allow him his defensive mask....”unarmed,unarmored” he hides his truth within. So sad and dramatic. Love this Robert.:)


Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Annette. You hit everything I wanted to convey in this poem. I appreciate you taking a f.. read more
Oh, I love this poem! It's lonely and dark and beautiful~

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thanks much! I appreciate your review.
I just love your clever metaphor of a fugitive hiding and fleeing to embody how we run and hide from our true feelings, especially when met with "your frown" that "pursues." When up against the wall and challenged if we can really trust or be vulnerable or real in this moment and still be cherished and loved or just rejected, we tend to nurse our insecure selves and hide in our shells, self-preservationist tendencies ever so fed for if we let our TRUE selves and our TRUE feelings out to be heard and known by this holy, perfect one, we might be crushed... a death we try to avoid, self-preservationist flag waving as we succumb to the the silence of our own masking.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Great review, Alexa! You hit every major point in this poem. It's always good to read comments fro.. read more
Alexa Apothic Red

2 Months Ago

You're so welcome! I really enjoyed this piece. It struck relatable memories of my own self-preserva.. read more
This was such a beautiful piece, portraying so much emotion. 10/10 !

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thanks very much! It's my second most viewed poem on the Cafe. Glad to read it resonated with you... read more
Splendid. The feeling of total loss, abandonment, loneliness. Maybe a first love? The love of my life?

Posted 3 Months Ago


Right off the bat I like your style. Can't wait to read more of your work. This is dope and clever writing that fits flush. Digging the title too.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

3 Months Ago

Thanks much! I look forward to reading your reviews.
duff

3 Months Ago

You are very welcome. Nice job!
i like the straight forward language and the story told completely in few lines and verse ..with room to "fill in" as one is so inspired to do so... i like it... so relatable to all the broken people who have become a little timid in the relationship department ..
E.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Robert Ray

3 Months Ago

Thank you. Thus far, my third most popular poem on this site, probably for the reason you mentioned.. read more
During my active drug addiction, I felt like a damn fugitive running from self, family and the world. thanks for sharing this wonderful write.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Robert Ray

3 Months Ago

Thank you for reading, Roxane, and sharing your thoughts. Always appreciated.
we so often hide behind a mask and I can’t help but wonder how much more ‘real’ life would be if everyone was just true to themselves, I really connected with this poem I think it really encourages the reader to ‘feel’ hope that made sense

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Robert Ray

3 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. It's good to know it speaks to you.
i loved the way the whole thing penned out, it went with a flow, nice work Robert :)

Posted 3 Months Ago


Robert Ray

3 Months Ago

Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

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