This poem is related to a story that began with my meeting of the lady in white on a Kentucky back road beside a cemetery and I gave it the title “Graveyard of Lost Souls”. Then I was inspired by a fellow writer to create a story about a love of long ago and this led me to create “My Lost Kentucky Love”. After their encounter and short-lived time spent together I wrote another poem “Somewhere in Time” this was Jeremiah feeling the loss, yet with a left promise that we would meet again. Jeremiah was sent off to sea and it was here that he penned his last words to Laura and placed them in a bottle with a prayer that his eternal love would wash ashore and find her spirit.
His Message in a Bottle
washed ashore on the sand
of time as the sun was setting
she caressed it gently with her toes
and stooped to shake it free.
What could this be inside tied
by a ribbon of mercy with parchment
ragged and torn edges beckoning her
to empty the glass of its mystery
slowly with the turning of the cork
she sets it free to her outstretched
My dearly beloved it began
after your death I went to sea
I sailed as much of the world that
we could find yet never feeling free
the tender love we shared
when both our hearts were one
haunted me always as I struggled
through every blinding storm and
I wept on that cold dark day
they laid you in the ground with
your gown of snowy white and my
rose left on your marker there
where it withered over time.
Now the storm has gathered and the winds
are blowing fiercely as my ship is taking
on water while I pen my last words to you
with hopes that they will wash up on your
shores of everlasting life and be found
by you my beloved.
Praying as I slip into the deep my soul
flies to you like an albatross on high.
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