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June 8, 2011 / eamonoc

Turn by turn

Turn by turn


I watch the windmill of my life

turn slowly in the breeze of

present day.


Each arm, a creaking phase of time,

of light and dark, of pain,

or half remembered joy.


The eerie groan of grinding cog within,

a mirror of the scars that mar the

darkest side of past, of what was, and, maybe,

what could have been.


I sit and watch, and count your tears,

like dust across a butcher’s floor,

soaking up the blood and sweat

of who we thought we were.


We sang the songs of who we are,

and planned for what might come,

blind to the storm beyond our

field of dreams.


Our footprints, once clear in sands of time,

of passion baked like clay,

now soiled, and smudged,

betrayed, the pathway lost to fear.


My windmill turns,

each arm a mournful verse,

each space between, the chorus

of a broken heart.


The ailing cogs within keep turning,

grinding, pushing through, in hope that life, sweet life,

lined with the light of joy, will turn the corner of despair,

regret, and all that is unknown and feared,

and find the courage to forgive and carry forth.


The windmill of my life continues on,

phase by phase, turn by turn,

and I must sit, and watch, and learn.



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  1. susannicolasheehan / Jun 8 2011 6:55 pm

    That is a beautiful write, Eamon. 🙂 What a nice metaphor to use, the windmill.

    If you don’t mind, I would like to have a copy of that. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing… Another blog, eh?! 😉

  2. Eamon / Jun 8 2011 8:47 pm

    Thanks, Susan. Glad you like it. You’re more than welcome to copy it. Cheers! (Do you remember that song – ‘Torn between two blogs…?)

  3. carolervin / Aug 24 2012 10:16 pm

    You should set this to music. So nice.

    • eamonoc / Aug 24 2012 10:22 pm

      Music? Goodness. I think I’d prefer to paint it, or maybe a well-taken photo. 😉

  4. Paradise Lost / Jan 27 2013 10:58 pm

    Glad you’re sharing your talent. I remain grateful.

  5. eamonoc / Jan 28 2013 6:57 am

    Thanks for the visit, G. Hope you’re still sharing yours.

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