Riding Along - A Poem

Updated on July 10, 2018
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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

The Unknown Path
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The Poem

A faraway voice summons me
Enticing to accost my destiny

Reveling stars are worth the pain
Darkness befalls without the gain

I know not what path to traverse
Future’s lane or memories reverse

The guiding voices are fading out
Escaping the clutches, they all pout

I’m riding alone through the lonely forest
Green and warm exterior, but barren zest

A streak or two of a sole ray
Riding along, to find the way

Surviving beyond the filthy line
Rising above, they still weep and pine

I ride along, in sheer contempt
Brisk palms, my hair unkempt

They say the rainbow never dies
I’m all set to refute all their lies

The Explanation

The protagonist may be considered as a person who is a constant rider. She travels through time, across boundaries, crossing high mountains, running rivers, barren deserts, and dense forests, with only one vision, one aim, one goal. Her goal is to find the truth of her existence, the meaning and purpose of her life, and the rewards of her pain.

The poem begins with the protagonist listening to a voice that calls her from a great distance, a voice that urges her forward, a voice that may be either considered to be a voice from the heaven, or thought of as the voice of her inner soul. Either way, she decides to listen to this voice, feels connected with it, and in the warmth of the oneness of the voice with her mind and soul, proceeds toward the tiresome yet remarkable journey. She knows this journey is a beautiful design carved by her destiny, and to this destiny she bows, and begins to ride.

She rides in pain and joy, in love and betrayal, in happiness and sorrow, and hopes all the trouble is going to be worth something in the end. She hopes the stars will bask in her triumph, when they realize she rode through the darkest of paths. She knows she has to go on, yet pauses to ponder over her memories, and while dwelling on the confusion between her past and her future, she falters briefly. For that moment, all seems lost, paths seem intertwined, the voices that were guiding her seem far away, and she feels numb from her indecisiveness.

Yet she goes on, now with a heavy heart, and a slight loss of enthusiasm. The forest she rides through welcomes her with inviting arms, but she feels miserable about leaving the warmth of mediocrity behind. Just then, a tiny ray of hope penetrates her dense forest of thoughts, and she sets forth again, putting her best foot forward, and struggling hard to rise above petty mental illusions. Thus she sets off again, her thoughts begin to call her back, they weep for her to listen and turn back, but she is determined not to look back now that she has found the path again. She calls out to the universe, as she rides along, and vows to prove all those things wrong that have mistakenly been carried over in human minds generation after generation. Thus she continues her journey, in search of the ultimate truth of her life.

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    © 2011 Rinita Sen

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      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        2 months ago

        Appreciate your visit, Mark. I don't think the journey ever ends, regardless of age.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        This poem makes me think about my past lives. I'm still on that journey of discovery and not without pain. Nice job, Rinita.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        16 months ago

        Thank you, manatita. This one is a personal favorite, hence doubly appreciate your agreement. Thank you for visiting again.

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        manatita44 

        16 months ago from london

        A beautiful and exquisite poem. A wonderful journey. Yes, it is sometimes like that:

        "Reveling stars are worth the pain

        Darkness befalls without the gain" -Rinita

        "I’m riding alone through the lonely forest

        Green and warm exterior, but barren zest." -Rinita

        Well worth it in the end.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        16 months ago

        Thank you again, Verlie, and rightly said about expiry dates.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        16 months ago from Canada

        I appreciate seeing your work past, present or future. Poems don't have an expiry date...

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        16 months ago

        Thank you, Verlie. Yes, I have been republishing some of my older poems that I had unpublished and disappeared from HP.. hahaha.. Don't ask me why, we poets do live by our whims, don't we? Thank you again for your appreciation.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        16 months ago from Canada

        A poem from 2011...I enjoyed this journey, this quest. The rhyming is really good contempt/unkempt!.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot! I appreciate your vote.

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        IntegrityYes 

        7 years ago

        That is great. I definitely voted up. WHOA!

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Hello Eddy. Blessed to see you comment on this one. This is one of my personal favorites. Have a wonderful day.

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        Eiddwen 

        7 years ago from Wales

        Beautiful Senoritaa; you really are very talented.

        Take care and have a wonderful day.

        Eddy.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        LOL. Thanks for your heartfelt appreciation Jessica. :)

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        jessica.written. 

        7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

        your a literary badass. good job. this was beautiful.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks Rosemay!

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        Rosemary Sadler 

        7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

        I love this poem and the photos you chose are fabulous

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thank you for your comment Vinaya. I believe we poets partly draw from our life experiences and partly wave the magic wand of our imagination.

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        Vinaya Ghimire 

        7 years ago from Nepal

        I always think the narrator, or protagonist as you say, in a poem is actually the poet. But of course I do realize poets also write about other people as they are the one who have felt that way. I very much enjoyed your interpretation.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks Frank

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        Frank Atanacio 

        7 years ago from Shelton

        up and awesome and the photos are fantastic :) Frank

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks. They are taken from Flickr Commons.

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        skymaster 

        7 years ago

        Really nice photoes

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