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The day dawns gray,
Like my mood today,
Sinking fast,
Nothing to grab,
No one throws a rope,
Hanging on,
But thinking of letting go,
Wondering why I should stay,
When this isn't a game,
I want to play...

Too many people,
Pulling me this way,
Taking me along for the ride,
I need to get off,
Sit on the side of the road,
Decide for myself,
Which way to go...

Too many talking,
Too many harsh songs,
Too many whispering,
In my ear,
Things I just,
Don't want to hear...

I've traveled too far,
On foreign roads,
I think it is time,
For me to just go...
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Reviewed by Naomi Hoomalu
I am catching up on things that I missed today, and your work is one. It is beautiful, I feel that way when I have said too many times "yes" and too few times "no"
Thanks for being so eloquent as you describe the pain of finding your way. It is a lovely piece.
Reviewed by . Oakling
Wonderful and emotion and point. Thank you for the words Reindeer.
Reviewed by Dale Clark
Congratulations on your win but this goes
without saying, just an excellent poem!
You are very talented and your muse is
so strong. Excellent!
Reviewed by James Daniels
Hello! I just wanted to stop by and say congrads on the win, this was a great piece! Love always and have a great Holidays.
Reviewed by Lynn Barry
Deep and dark...I love it!
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray
wonderful sad poem, Reindeer. contest? what contest? boy, am I behind
congratulatons anyway!
Reviewed by Birdie Houston
Congratulations ....awesome write !!!!!!
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader)
Congratulations, again, on winning the latest poetry competition, Reindeer! And, too, congratulations on producing this fine poignant poem!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Heartfelt and beautiful. Once again, congratulations on your success. Love and peace, Regis.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
Salutations and Benisons to the WINNER!
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"Finding My Way" strikes the reader's imagination on socio-philosophical matters. It delivers a profound message throughout its sage lines.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by A PAX
goodness....I feel like you wrote this for me, say Hallmark had a selection of cards under the heading of...Send This To Yourself
this could be one, its a kick in the pants, with a hug around the shoulder......ty for this....and congrats on your win!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader)
So very sad.....but beautifully amazing poem....ty and congrats on your win...Best wishes, Dani
Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth
Poignant emotions and profound imagery here. Congrats on winning the contest -- it is well deserved.
Reviewed by Sheila Jones (Reader)

Your poetry is powerful and heart wrenching, yet so superbly composed.

"The day dawns gray,
Like my mood today,
Sinking fast,
Nothing to grab,
No one throws a rope,
Hanging on,
But thinking of letting go,
Wondering why I should stay,
When this isn't a game,
I want to play..."

Truly a talented writer. Congratulations on your win!

Reviewed by Micha Julian
retta, shivers, shivers....damn, i feel this, i so feel this and must (((((you))))... you are so gifted, do you know that YOU GIVE HOPE...even such haunting sadness, written perfectly, yes, i...i wish i could explain, but you've written me!
Retta...when the ropes are not thrown...threads, Retta, Threads...yes, they somehow can...I cannot explain, but you are more than welcome to share and have and I would love to throw you a strong rope, but if even threads work, thise, nearly crying and you are so NOT alone...
Congratulations dear Retta, for this baring of the deepest of one's soul and heartbraek and wonder...yes, and just...{{{{{{{you}}}}}}
many Congratulations on the haunting,beautiful piece that has me choking tears and loving you for sharing...I hope that makes sense, am not here much, but oh, to see your name as a winner...I, well, I so much am Thrilled for you and just....Bravo and much love...
Reviewed by Jerry Andrews
A fine poem, Retta. The subject needs to simplify his/her life, clear out all the excess and keep only the essential. Good job! Earthy and real. Jerry
Reviewed by Amor Sabor
What a beautiful piece this is, Retta. You are living poetry. Congratulations of winning the contest as well. These things are so good for the heart to see.
Reviewed by Russ Okamura
Your poetry always sings a deep song! Your artistic voice is amazing, you truly have a poetic soul!
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson
Wow, Retta! Great write, my talented friend!
Reviewed by Jeff Mason
Damn Retta! I have plenty of rope right here!!! Will gladly throw you some; let's commiserate together. :) BEAUTIFULLY poignant write. This is 'suicidal,' and I know you're 'drowning,' so... PLEASE, hang in there! -- Jeff
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry
Black thoughts beautifully expressed, Retta. I know the feeling, of long ago: the secret is to never give in to it, a great mistake. But then, you are a writer in touch with God's creation: I know you won't give in... ever. ~~Bonnie Q
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya
Outstanding write...BHUWAN
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Very sad. Hope the way can be found........
Reviewed by William Bonilla


Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
hang in there Reatta. fuie on others. other people will drag you down in the mud with them. individualism is a great thing. your poem made me go back some years. many years. young peer pressure you know. Now peers are like deers, in the woods. I stand strong by myself. could care less what others think. hug and love G
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
Man do I know this feeling all to well the more I want to go,it seems I learn reasons to stay some even fade in time, the more i want time to decide the more i get lonely,when i want people around, it nots the right people
there is a reason why you are here
keep writing it will be revealed ~ Smile
thank you!!!
Reviewed by Claywoman
I get the holiday blues this time of year and it doesn't help that i'm sick...
Reviewed by George Carroll
Many choices in life, hopefully we choose the right one. Well written piece. Hang in there.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*
An exquisite expression of pain and sorrow. Well done Reindeer. I am certain that the days ahead will be brighter for you ... that is my prayer.

Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader)
This is raw. This is just damned painful. The only thing that comes to my mind when I read this...I found a loved one's suicide letter, it was almost identical. This poem IS very dimensional... a reader could take this poem several different ways.. that is what makes it unique as well. I enjoyed, understood and --- think it is outstanding work with simple language... Take a bow ma'am! I'm applauding wildly. I love poetry like this.

Thank You,
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore
sounds like silence is what is most needed..and where better to go than home, where all of the true secret places lie...wonderful, thoughtful piece, here. something we all need to think about doing...going home...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Beautiful write, Reindeer; always a pleasure to read you! (((HUGS))) and much love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
Sage thoughts, only within our hearts can we find our way. Beautiful poem Retta.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader)
Oh Reindeer...You have me crying.....Why?...Because this is "exactly" how I feel today.....did this ever impact me....I am printing it out....putting it on my desktop here...thanks for this one....floria
Reviewed by Steve Robertson
This is the type of poetry I like. No mystery, nothing vague, nothing fancy, just simple heart felt feelings wonderfully written.

Reviewed by Trixie Love
Another sad lonely write...
Though written so beautiful.

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Excellent piece Retta!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
I need to get off,
Sit on the side of the road,
Decide for myself,
Which way to go...

Can relate to these word, Reindeer! Excellent write.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
lLove the way nature kinda pertrays your thoughts, fabo'
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
Too many people,
Pulling me this way,
Taking me along for the ride,
I need to get off,
Sit on the side of the road,
Decide for myself,
Which way to go...
THANKYOU! THANKYOU! THANKYOU!..This is what I needed to hear...YES!!!!

Vesna oxoxoxo
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
Great piece of work. I could feel the pain and desolation -- too much advice, not enough help. It hit home.

Reviewed by Tami Ryan
A deep, painful write, Reindeer. I'll throw you the rope, grab it! (And yeah, sometimes, it's best to sit on the side of the road til you get your bearings.)

Reviewed by Michael Morash (Reader)
Wonderfull, I applaud you.

Reviewed by jude forese
we must decide where it is best, to lay down our tired thoughts and then realize home is where our heart reigns ...
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK

If You Get Up One More Time after You Fall You Will Always(Find) Make
Your Way!

Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Great soulful write! Been there and still am in some ways.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
We all need to get off the rode for awhile Reindeer! This is one of your superb perceptive writes!
Reviewed by Sanil nath (Reader)
Every one need to find their way at one point of time. Decisions to be taken. Right or Wrong we take it ... This is excellent...

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