River of Guilt

River of Guilt

The night was long
and sleep never came
I spent the lonely hours
Counting teardrops

The punishment, for a tragedy
of my own doing,
is drinking from the river of guilt
Cresting at my feet

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  11 comments for “River of Guilt

  1. Frewin55
    August 7, 2023 at 4:16 am

    The image and the poem instantly brought the McGarrigle’s Cool River to mind, your second stanza particularly, damning and devastating…

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2023 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you. I had not heard the song before and I can understand why it would remind you of it. It’s always interesting where someone else’s words might take us. ☺️💕

  2. August 5, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Strong imagery, sadness, hurt and loneliness captured in so few words. The last two lines are mesmerizing. Thank you for sharing!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2023 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Miriam ☺️💕

  3. August 4, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    The river of guilt is always full of dread.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 4, 2023 at 11:59 pm

      Yes, so true 😧

  4. August 4, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Oh, that river of guilt will never dry 🙁

    • Christine Bolton
      August 4, 2023 at 11:58 pm

      No, not any time soon 🫤

  5. August 4, 2023 at 1:52 am

    Such a touching poem Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      August 4, 2023 at 7:01 am

      Thank you dear Sadje ☺️❤️

      • August 4, 2023 at 7:14 am

        You’re most welcome

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