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Uneven Terrain

Uneven Terrain

The road is uneven
hindering progress
Slowing my stride 
I tread carefully
not to slip
on each thought
and decisions made 
What had brought
Me here?
A lesson to be learned
What did I miss?
Always on this path
Going somewhere,
Bent out of shape
from missteps
and life’s callous
I fear I will
always walk
with a limp

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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Word Prompt:

Callous - FOWC

Song Lyric Sunday – Into The Mystic

I’ve been waiting to share probably my most favorite Van Morrison song with you and this is the week! Jim Adams, our host of Song Lyric Sunday, prompted us with the elements. Air, Fire, Earth and Water. I have gone with water and Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic”. It has a beautiful poetic verse and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

This is about a sailor at sea thinking about returning to his lover, who is back on land. Normally a foghorn signals danger, but in this case it means he is close to home and his love.

There is room for interpretation beyond the superficial meaning. It might be interpreted as expressing an understanding that life is finite (the ship sailing on its round trip) and must be lived to its fullest (“I want to rock your Gypsy soul”), and an acceptance of its inevitable end (“We will magnificently float into the mystic, when the foghorn blows I will be coming home”). When you have seen the world and loved someone, you should have no reason to fear the end because you have lived your life to the fullest.

The original title was “Into the Misty.”
According to Morrison, he couldn’t decide whether the first line should be “We were born before the wind” or “We were borne before the wind.”
This was played in the 1989 Mary Stuart Masterson movie Immediate Family. She played a woman who was young and pregnant and planning to give her baby to Glenn Close and James Woods, who couldn’t have a baby of their own.

According to a BBC survey, because of this song’s cooling, soothing vibe, this is one of the most popular songs for surgeons to listen to whilst performing operations.

Courtesy of Songfacts


We were borne before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that foghorn blows
I will be coming home
And when the foghorn blows
I want to hear it

I don't have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

When that fog horn blows
You know I will be coming home
And when that fog horn whistle blows
I got to hear it

I don't have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will flow into the mystic

Come on, girl
Too late to stop now

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Van Morrison
Brand New Day lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc



Anger is the fortress
protecting you
Words weaponized
Becoming knives
Wielded in fury
Slashing the air 
Until they reach 
their target
and blood is drawn
Your victim shrivels
as breath is sucked
from the life of love
Once held
as a gift to you
in her open hands
Now in powdered ash
Slipping through
grasping fingers
If only you could see
beyond the fear
She is your armor
Protecting you
with moral obligation 
To love you
and keep you safe
But blindness 
remains your disability
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Obligation - Word of the Day
Shrivel - RDP

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