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The Farthest Shore (A Poem About a Long Distance Love Affair)

John is a contemporary poet who uses the rhyming styles of the classics to discuss current issues.


Long Distance Relationships

In today's Internet age so many methods of communication are available to us. Thanks to email, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, Instant Messaging programs, Skype, Facetime etc we can talk to others anywhere in the world in minutes or real time.

These amazing new technologies have taken over from letters and phone calls to keep in touch, and have made it much easier to carry on long distance relationships with people in other cities, states, and even countries.

Long distance love however isn't a new phenomenon however, as people from different countries and cultures have been meeting and falling in love since the beginning of time. It just became much easier in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

This poem explores one such relationship in an earlier period of time.

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The Farthest Shore

I dream of you across the sea

Where you reside once more,

I'm sending all my love to you

There, on the farthest shore.

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Your almond eyes entrapped me,

Long hair of shining black,

Once I'd held you in my arms

There was no turning back.

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Each day we spent together,

Abandoned souls in lust,

Sharing fun and laughter,

And an ever-growing trust.

♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥

Unfortunately time moves on

And weeks turned into days.

When sobbing you revealed to me

That you had to go away.

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You packed your few belongings,

As a ship set sail that day

Back to your friends and family

In a land so far away.

♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥

I wrote you letters every week,

My pen professed my love.

I promised we would meet again,

With the will of God above.

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True love endures all hardship,

Through time and distance too.

No sea or ocean is too wide

To keep my love from you.

♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥ ≈ ♥

One day soon I will travel

To be with you once more.

I'll stowaway on a sailing ship

And reach the farthest shore.


Continuing Inspiration 2016

Every hub I have written so far in 2016 has been based on book titles by sci fi/fantasy author Ursula Le Guin. So far I have written every one in the order the books are listed in the front of the book Changing Planes. Four of these hubs have been poems, one an article about the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and one a short story.

I don't know if I will succeed in creating hubs from the entire list of books but so far so good.

This poem is inspired by the sixth of those books The Farthest Shore (The Earthsea Cycle Book 3). I hope you enjoyed it.

© 2016 John Hansen

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