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The Gazeebo: Smiling Thoughts

This came as an idea through a prompt created by a fellow blogging poet by the name of Corey Booth.  It is called The Poetry Challenge and basically he presents a title each week and other poets are expected to create a poem with that title.  This week, the title was “Smiling Thoughts.”

Enjoy! 🙂

Smiling Thoughts

Reality has become questionable,

caution signs litter the streets –

not exactly road blocks, but no

green lights either as the sun

hides behind the clouds, that refuse

to disperse rain upon the parched

desert floor.  It’s only what’s in the

mind that is certain, the only place

where you and everyone else

can show teeth without the fangs –

it is here where the rock shines

brightly and rivers flow calmly.

It is here where you are no longer

afraid of what might happen,

but take the risk anyway because

of what calls you forward, not

the shadow of what might become.

I need a chance to run, to break

the chains that have held me

down – to feel the brunt of the wind

as it rushes into me.  But you feel

that ice will bear down, that the

rain would drown me while the

movements within the night

cripple me.  You don’t understand,

for pain I am used to – the key

turning in the lock would be

something new.  I am ready for

the rapids, the waterfall, and the

drop below.  So take my hand and

let our lips touch for this is what I want,

the realization of my happy

thoughts, smiling as we hear the first

crack of thunder.

© Jesse McDowell Lungren


January 25, 2012 - Posted by | Your Lungren Originals | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Good luck in that contest; that’s some talent you go there. Great poem! (I entered, too, btw).

    Comment by Don Munro | January 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks man! Definitely appreciate that! By the way, I really like your entry as well – awesome haiku 🙂

      Comment by Jesse McDowell Lungren | January 26, 2012 | Reply

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