Music Prompt #33 “Wade in the Water” performed by Ella Jenkins – There’s a Trouble with Water

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg_8L96E3eU

 

There’s a trouble with water.

It can be all life giving today

But take your soul the next.

In the middle of the night I find myself

Up to my knees in a raging torrent

Walking striding against the flow

The current dragging me back.

Ahead lies an unknown future

But better than where I’m coming from.

Behind me is torment and ridicule

A life in shackles

Where I do not exist

Where my worth is zero.

I wake with a start

Perspiration soaks my clothes

Another nightmare

Another struggle

I sit up, take stock

See and understand

The reoccurring metaphor.

My confinement is over

There is a tomorrow

Where freedom beckons

But all my strength is needed

To reach the point of hope.

There’s a trouble with water

It cleanses your soul one day

Soils you the next

Making you unrecognisable.

It’s all about knowing

Where to put your feet.

 

Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/music-prompt-33-wade-in-the-water-performed-by-ella-jenkins/

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17 Responses to Music Prompt #33 “Wade in the Water” performed by Ella Jenkins – There’s a Trouble with Water

  1. Suzanne says:

    Gosh, that’s a soulful and powerful piece of writing.

  2. Wow, poignant and powerful, Michael!

  3. wildchild47 says:

    Another nightmare
    Another struggle
    I sit up, take stock
    See and understand

    My confinement is over
    There is a tomorrow
    Where freedom beckons
    But all my strength is needed
    To reach the point of hope.

    This is a wonderful piece Michael – the duality of water very clearly made in a way that is flowing. And for me personally – these two bits – are the strength of this piece – they fit together like life and death, darkness and light, fear and suffering and hope. It’s all about the duelistic nature (yes that is deliberate) that we all face. Well done 🙂

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Very thoughtful and thought- provoking poem. I find it fascinating how something like water can be both life-giving and both detrimental to the speaker. Hope his nightmares go away and that water doesn’t hurt him anymore.

  5. Wow. Your poem reminds me of an important moment in my life: the day I lost my home, neighborhood, town and school the year I turned sixteen.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Red_River_flood_in_the_United_States

    • Wow Rose that must have been a terrible time. I take it at the time you lived in East Grand Forks? We have had flood here over the years the worst was in 1955 when it came within 2inches of the floor of my house. It was a great prompt to play with. Thanks so much for your comment….

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    https://www.facebook.com/events/462932220579298/permalink/492952090910644/

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