Carry On

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Fear is transient

Love everlasting

Don’t look for freedom


Wisdom hides

For with



Self awareness

And deeper sorrow

No relief

For the labyrinth of the soul.

Grace is kept secret

Hidden in dungeons

Locked away

Borne and not shown

Received in tears

Given to those

Who carry on

Into the chambers of love.


Written for Poetry Jam,

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17 Responses to Carry On

  1. Mary says:

    So very true that we can’t look for freedom where wisdom hides. Wisdom brings knowledge, and with that knowledge comes the sorrow that sometimes we wish we did not have to know. Wisdom is a double-edged sword, I think. A blessing as well as a curse. As so often, Alan, your words share a unique perspective and make the reader think deeply.

  2. I agree with Mary, we learn a lot of unpleasant things as well as things which are beneficial. I have often thought about the many things I wish I didn’t know but that is part of growth. Wonderful job on this poem

  3. Laurie Kolp says:

    Yes… love is the key indeed.

  4. brian miller says:

    nice…very good alan….some really great lines you hooked me from the beginning…grace is often found in our tough lessons…and is never too far away even in the darkest night…Don’t look for freedom Where Wisdom hides…is def a fav line…

  5. Thought you might appreciate thoughts from the ground up on the matter of carrying on. Let me know what you think:

  6. JInksy says:

    A labyrinthine soul…wow…

  7. aprille says:

    Scary thoughts Alan, especially about self knowledge given the position of torturer. Or did I read that wrong? γνῶθι σεαυτόν, has always worried me a little. Can we be totally honest about ourselves? Even to ourself?

  8. Adura Ojo says:

    A sober reflection. We do need it at times…*smiles.

  9. Helen Dehner says:

    Your poem .. and Aprille’s comment … led me to thoughts about honesty and our ability to dig deep, face the reflections we see in our mirrors. Very nice ….

  10. Sherry Marr says:

    WOW! I love this. Especially “given to those who carry on into the chambers of love.” Wonderful writing!

  11. alan1704 says:

    Thank you all for your comments, i am sorry if it came over a bit scary that was not the intention it was more the hidden worries that plague us when we elevate knowledge above grace and love. As it was once written, “Now abide faith, hope and love: But the greatest of these is love.”

  12. peggygoetz says:

    Your words give lots to think about Alan. And yes wisdom and knowledge are multifaceted things. And the secret is to carry on!

  13. Rallentanda says:

    Life is complex. In the end we all die and most of us miss the show !

  14. Love can bring so much into one’s life!

  15. Suzy says:

    Fear is transient and love everlastng. So true. And Grace given when we surrender to love. Loved it.

  16. Susan says:

    Sometimes it’s so hard to carry on toward those chambers, though … excellent piece to contemplate, friend!

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