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End Of The Road - A Poem


Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

The Poem

Silently I keep walking

Through the dreaded storm

Thinking of the fire burning bright

Makes me cozy and warm

But what if the fire has died

Leaving no traces of wood

Would the end be justified

Would the rubble still sooth

I do not want to know the pain

That awaits me at the dead end

Instead I choose to stroll along

Hope in heart and thoughts to mend

A less traveled path as mine

Has no success stories to tell

Prepared I am to see the truth

Of a sickened uninviting hell

I set forth with dreary eyes

Leaving behind my handsome abode

Heaven may stand between my strides

But I will see the end of the road


This is a poem of distraught and loneliness. It starts with the burning desire of waiting for the long lost life (read love). The protagonist wants to go on the lonely road of waiting and wanting. She wants to know what the end of these feelings would be, and she wouldn't give up before she has seen the end. She knows the journey might be utterly meaningless, but she is adamant, and wants to see it for herself rather than listen to others' verdicts and conjectures.

© 2011 Rinita Sen


Rinita Sen (author) on February 24, 2019:

Thank you, Poeticnurse. Glad you could relate, and appreciate your visit.

Poeticnurse from Nigeria on February 23, 2019:

I read me through this poem, this is beautiful.

Rinita Sen (author) on June 19, 2018:

Thank you, Shyron, for that wonderful addition! Appreciate your visit.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 19, 2018:

Rinita, this is a sweet sad tale of loneliness

Keeping pace with your stride

Where walking this sad path

Others have cried and memories have died.

Rinita Sen (author) on June 14, 2018:

Thank you, Shubhda. I am humbled that this poem resonates with so many people.

S Ahlawat from India on June 14, 2018:

Everyone loves a poem they can empathise with. This is the one for me.

Rinita Sen (author) on June 08, 2018:

Thank you, Shaloo. Glad you visited.

Shaloo Walia from India on June 08, 2018:

The walk may be full of obstacles without a clear destination but it's the hope that inspires us to keep walking. Beautifully penned!

Rinita Sen (author) on June 05, 2018:

Thank you for the revisit Frank, and the appreciation!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 05, 2018:

since I read this piece four years ago.. it's like a fresh new piece for me today.... still find it an awesome write...")

Rinita Sen (author) on May 30, 2014:

Thank you for your very thoughtful comment manatita.

manatita44 from london on May 21, 2014:

Extremely beautiful!

This is also the quest of finding God. faith is that which keeps you searching even when others are dubious. They say in Taoism that there is only a fine line.

Great poetry!!

Rinita Sen (author) on February 16, 2014:

Thank you Cat.. for your vivid interpretation. Nice to see you.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on February 16, 2014:


Your poem beautifully captures the unknown road and our walk of life. In order to truly live life to the fullest, we must continue on with hope in our hearts. Even though we cannot know with certainty what lies ahead, we have our pleasant memories to spur us forward as well as the lure of mystery. Nicely written- I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Cat :)

Rinita Sen (author) on January 30, 2014:

Thank you lovedoctor. Appreciate your visit and vote.

lovedoctor926 on January 30, 2014:

Beautiful, yet sad at the same time. I can relate to this poem somewhat. voted up!

Rinita Sen (author) on December 03, 2013:

Anna, Phyllis, and Audrey: Thanks a lot for your heartfelt comments. Glad it had an effect on you beautiful writers.

Audrey Howitt from California on November 21, 2013:

I wanted to come back and read this beautifully crafted work!

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on November 07, 2013:

Senoritaa, I absolutely love this poem. It is simple in its wording, uncomplicated, yet deeply compelling and thought provoking. Well done!

Anna Haven from Scotland on November 01, 2013:

A thought provoking, well written piece which really makes the reader think.

Rinita Sen (author) on October 30, 2013:

Thank you Shanmarie.. that's one of the beauties of poetry.. The readers can give a new meaning to it.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 30, 2013:

Very powerful poem, Senoritaa! I can almost feel the emotions in it. You describe it as a poem about loneliness, but I think it can fit just about any type of situation with a despair-filled path and uncertain outcome.

Rinita Sen (author) on May 27, 2013:

Thanks for echoing my thoughts RQ, and many thanks for the vote.

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on May 27, 2013:

Experience can be an unforgiving teacher,but the beauty of self-discovery...well;no one else can share its joy.Voted up.

Yours Sincerely,


Rinita Sen (author) on April 14, 2013:

Thank you Rusti. Glad you liked the poem, and thanks for the follow.

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on April 11, 2013:

I loved this poem! i love poetry. you are very talented , following a fellow poet.

Rinita Sen (author) on March 27, 2013:

Thanks a lot dreamseeker. Your visit and comment is much appreciated.

dreamseeker2 on March 27, 2013:

I found your poem to be interesting, as well as awesome. Well written and full of imagery in longing and hope. Voted up!

Rinita Sen (author) on March 22, 2013:

Thank you so much Jo, for reading and sharing. I will send you a note shortly.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on March 22, 2013:

WOW! I was very moved by this poem and I was taken a back at how

it felt so close to home. Please e-mail me! Tweet, shared and once again, great outstanding words!

Rinita Sen (author) on March 19, 2013:

A hearty thanks once again, I learn a lot from you Audrey.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 19, 2013:

I forget how beautiful your work is!

Rinita Sen (author) on March 19, 2013:

Thank you Audrey for coming back, and your heartfelt comment!

Audrey Howitt from California on March 15, 2013:

I came back for another read--really a well crafted piece--brava!

Rinita Sen (author) on October 16, 2012:

Hope is the central reason behind existence. Thanks again for reading Docmo. Have a wonderful day.

Mohan Kumar from UK on October 16, 2012:

Hope in heart and thoughts to mend ... Indeed. Your journey here is a poignant portrayal hope and reality... Beautifully said!

Rinita Sen (author) on September 30, 2012:

Thank you so much Globetekker. Am glad you liked my poem.

Globetrekkermel from CALIFORNIA on September 29, 2012:

Beautiful,Senoritaa... Well written and rhymed. Love it.thnumbs up to you.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 20, 2012:

Thanks for coming back Audrey!

Audrey Howitt from California on September 20, 2012:

Beautifully done!

Rinita Sen (author) on September 04, 2012:

Thanks again TOBE54. I am glad you like my poems.

John on September 04, 2012:

Wow! You are a wonderful poetess. I love your work!!

Rinita Sen (author) on August 18, 2012:

Thank you Audrey.

Audrey Howitt from California on August 18, 2012:

Well done!

Rinita Sen (author) on January 28, 2012:

Thanks a lot Rahul for your comment. You rightly explained the essence of that line.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on January 28, 2012:

"Heaven may stand between my strides" i loved this line, not just because of the beauty of it but for the inner feeling of irony it conveys to me. it makes me think of a person who has lost so much and broken to such an extent that he cannot even see the heaven when he passes it by. great work here.

Rinita Sen (author) on January 24, 2012:

That's true epigramman. A lot of talented writers here including you have blessed me with their insights and comments, and helped me grow as a writer. Once again heartfelt thanks for linking my hub. Wish you warmth of the heart on a cold day.

epigramman on January 24, 2012:

...well you definitely have some very great writers here on your comment board which speaks volumes of what you have written here and so very well - you are a soulful deep and evocative poet and I really loved how you took the time to explain yourself in a postscript. Another gem of yours that will be highlighted on my Facebook page with a direct link back here ...... and sending you warm wishes from a cold day by the lake at lake erie time ontario canada 3:17pm

Rinita Sen (author) on January 23, 2012:

Thanks a lot Deborah for your visit and vote. Happy you liked it.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 23, 2012:

wow this is wonderful.. this is my favorite kind of poems.. You write extremely well.

I voted way up


Rinita Sen (author) on January 10, 2012:

Thanks a lot Caroline, glad you found meaning behind it.

Caroline Marie on January 10, 2012:

Great poem Senoritaa. Very deep and thought provoking. Voted up.

Rinita Sen (author) on January 02, 2012:

Thanks a lot Sky. The road has to end somewhere, and that's what we got to find out, where!

Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on January 02, 2012:

Great thought . If only the true road ever ends , There is a lost I love about this topped off by your beautiful, analytically correct piece of justice at the end.

Well done .


Rinita Sen (author) on January 01, 2012:

Thank you Cresentmoon. It is always encouraging to find people who can relate to your work.

Cresentmoon2007 from Caledonia, MI on January 01, 2012:

Very well written and in a way I have felt like this before. Voted up.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 17, 2011:

@saddlerider1: The way you described the journey is perfect. Indeed we are all travelers in our own dimensions, one of them being common for everyone,time.

Thanks for visiting.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 17, 2011:

@Eddy: Thanks for your lovely comment. Here's to the life that's all about moving on.

saddlerider1 on December 17, 2011:

We are all on the journey of despair and ultimately death. We seek the knowledge the truths and reasons for why we are here, and what for and where are we going. I live on this plane and when my time is nigh will pass through that thin vale of the other dimension and proceed on my journey as a time traveler.

Never fearing death on this earthly plane, live life to the fullest whilst here, that is the toughest task for many. As depression surrounds so many here and death is thus an event they fear, yet hunger for in sadness. I loved the flow of this work, wonderfully scribed my talented friend.

Eiddwen from Wales on December 17, 2011:

You Senoritaa have the talent to be able to breathe life into each word.

Here's to so many more to share on here.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.


Rinita Sen (author) on December 13, 2011:

Thank you for your lovely comment Robert. Appreciate you stopping by.

rOBERT hEWETT SR. from Louisville, Kentucky on December 13, 2011:

This is a beautiful and sensitive poem so very well crafted with great imagery and flow. Thanks for sharing this gem. Robert

Rinita Sen (author) on December 06, 2011:

That's indeed a beautiful and thoughtful interpretation. Thanks for reading.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on December 06, 2011:

Everyone has their own path to follow, best to see it through to the end. It may twist and wind along the way and there will be plenty of forks in the road to choose from but whichever way we choose never give up and follow your heart till you have reached the destination.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 30, 2011:

Thanks for your wonderful comment Nefarious_Misery. Glad you liked it.

Nefarious_Misery from on the move on November 30, 2011:

Beautifully written piece. I think my favorite line is “Would the rubble still sooth”. Knowing that there may be nothing but wreckage there, yet feeling that you may be comforted to see the aftermath yourself.

Voted up and beautiful

Rinita Sen (author) on November 26, 2011:

Thanks sofs, and what a wonderful addition to those lines!

Sophie on November 26, 2011:

No turning back is my style too... I like these lines

But what if the fire has died

Leaving no traces of wood..

Walk ahead... may be a beautiful dawn awaits you!!

Rinita Sen (author) on November 24, 2011:

Thanks for your comment gabgirl. Yes you are right. She walks a lonely path, but she is hopeful and strong.

gabgirl12 on November 24, 2011:

This is some excellent work! I have to also say its inspiring as the protagonist has a ray of hope 'in heart and thoughts to mend' as if that alone would sustain her and keep her determination set forward. :)

Rinita Sen (author) on November 22, 2011:

Thanks Shampa. Appreciate your feedback.

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on November 21, 2011:

A lovely poem. Just like your protagonist we all should experience first to believe it and not just go by the saying. Voted up and beautiful!

Rinita Sen (author) on November 16, 2011:

Agreed! Thanks!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on November 16, 2011:

Life is a journey, we walk and walk only to find dead end, of death. Nice work.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 16, 2011:

Thanks Jessica!

jessica.written. from Flagstaff, Arizona on November 16, 2011:

That was very unexpected and awesome.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 13, 2011:

Thanks Brian!

Brian Burton on November 13, 2011:

I like it as well, but thank you for the explanation at the end. That really helped. Voted up and beautiful.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 13, 2011:

Thanks a lot!

anglnwu on November 12, 2011:

She is tenacious and strong--nicely done.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 09, 2011:

Thank you Frank :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 09, 2011:

very well written Loved it

Rinita Sen (author) on November 08, 2011:

Thank you :)

Madeleine Salin from Finland on November 08, 2011:

I like it. Well written.

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