penitent

he walks backward
down a philosopher’s path
racing threat of rain
with the unmeasured cadence
of his breath, burying
regret deep
with each unhurried
footfall, denying every silvered
drop
the treachery tattooed
on his soul.
You can read about the author’s own journey on the literal Philosopher’s Path here.  🙂

42 thoughts on “penitent

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  2. It is right on time,
    Thanks for playing….

    scanning participants list to visit FRESH ones first, so that you get more feedback on your work…

    Happy Thursday!

  3. thanks for stopping by Lindea, Leo.

    Jingle: always a pleasure.

    WEM, you’re welcome back any time!

    I like your take, Raven; hadn’t thought of it quite like that. Thanks.

    Liliana, thoughtsnotlost, glad you liked it 🙂

    will be by your sweetened waters soon, Someone…

    🙂 cheers all!
    jsl

  4. An interesting image of a penitent. I like how you keep the alliteration throughout the poem. I liked the image of racing with unmeasured cadence. That image stood out and sort of gave the image of intent. Glad to have dropped by this poem.

  5. @Christine–glad you liked the pic; it was actually the inspiration for the piece itself 🙂

    @buttercup–hugs back at ya babe!

    wondrinsoul, Olivia, Jessica: you are too kind. thanks for stopping.

    October–glad you dropped by, too. alliteration is one of my favorite tricks.

    webshow–I never know how to address you: as “Arts,” as “webshow,” as an actual name… sorry. anyway, it’s always nice to hear from you.

    and Jingle, thanks again. for everything.

  6. thanks oinky, Victoria, Katherine. appreciate your dropping by.

    likewise enreal; oh and btw cool gravatar 🙂

    Kavita, my friend, always a pleasure.

    DarkJasmine; I’m honored.

    and also for your link, thoughtsnotlost; will get to pasting and posting and nominating when I’m back at home later this evening–you are too kind! 🙂

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  8. Anky–thanks for stopping by; I’m off to visit your latest very soon!

    Alethea–glad you enjoyed.

    liv2write–I’m honored. it takes me always a little while to respond to award postings, but I’ll get there. Thanks again.

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