Harbor of Resentment

by Ronald Edwards   Aug 27, 2010

From passing storm with trying times,
my vessel worn from smeared begrimes.
I moored the boat far from my crimes
in the Harbor of Resentment.

As Captain solely the choice I make,
poor judgments left in trailing wake.
This docking was a bad mistake,
soon lost was my contentment.

I walked my bridge to look about,
alone I stood without a scout.
Void of echo when I did shout,
no souls to hear my statement.

Slowly I turned around to see
a silhouette rising from the sea.
No longer was I to be free
in the Harbor of Resentment.

This phantom drifted ever near,
upon my deck it did appear.
It had black eyes with constant leer,
umbrage was its vestment.

No matter where I tried to hide
it over took like full moons tide.
Fearing my boat to be shanghaied,
the coming of my judgment.

I threw myself far overboard,
my very life was my reward.
Washed up on a distant shore
from the Harbor of Resentment.

Each and ever night that pass,
thinking of the ghouls trespass.
Ending deep in swamps morass
disgusted at my treatment.

Should I return, try to retrieve
of what I lost on that cursed eve?
Forgetting of my souls reprieve,
escaping without bailment.

This travesty I must forgive
if happily I want to live.
So I move on and not captive
to the Harbor of Resentment.


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  • 8 years ago

    by Ronald Edwards

    Thank you Kay for such taking the time to read and comment. I deeply appreciate your kind words

  • 8 years ago

    by Dixiedaisy

    Wow, this poem is definitely among one of the best poems I have read on this site in quite some time. The flow was absolutely flawless and it was very well written. Definitely worthy of front page, and I do look forward to reading more from you if the rest are near as comparable. Awesome job.

    Take Care,

  • 8 years ago

    by Ronald Edwards

    Billy Rob, I thank you so very much for such a gracious comment on my poem. Actually I had Samuel Taylor Coleridge in mind with his poem
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and all of Gustave Dore illustrations.

  • 8 years ago

    by Ronald Edwards

    I thank you both humbly and graciously. I have found that resentments are like a cancer that festers and eats away at you long after the actual incident. To harbor resentment was on my mind one day during daily meditation and the incorporating it into a poem with a harbor and ship just seemed right. So glad you both liked it. Much thanks

  • 8 years ago

    by Rania Moallem

    This is what am talking about... ua re brilliant one of the rare poets over here..and u deserve to have lights spotted on... this is exta ordinary with its images..expressions..and verses... and what an ending is that ! waahh..