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MantraSometimes, we think we know what we want. Then, after much blood, sweat and tears, we get it. Only to find out something is amiss.

Often we predicate our dreams on the actions of others. We set out to do things with the express intent of sharing them with someone in particular. Once the work has begun, there is no viable way to turn back, even when the obvious presents itself: The person with whom we mean to share them is absent.

Mantra inspired House on the Hill after seeing more than a few who had built lifetime commitments have those dreams deflate because the ones meant to share in the reverie chose to be absent or died before the fruition. This poem is dedicated to all those whose crowning achievements are tainted with the sadness of accomplishing them alone.

House on the Hill

House on the Hill

With downcast eyes and an empty heart,
For from its crack seeped my soul,
I am still and quiet.

Resting here, tired from the climb,
Looking down from the lonely pinnacle,
Wondering why I came.

From below I saw the home,
In which I wanted our household,
But you are not here yet.

The curtains are drawn and shades down tight.
Waiting in the dark for my miracle
Of us being together, one in the same.

(c) Ann Marie Dwyer


Have you seen this house? Was it ever yours?

(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011-2012
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  1. Yes, sadly true sometimes.
    Binky recently posted..Original MapMy Profile

    • Red

       /  May 23, 2012

      More often than most of us really imagine. This one is a side effect of listening to others.

  2. I agree with Binky.
    jeremy recently posted..BROTHERS TRUSTMy Profile

    • Red

       /  May 23, 2012

      Good to see you today, Jeremy. It is true more often than you know.

  3. You know this hits in the solar plexus … I love you sister!

    I remain convinced we should just live in communes, self regulated and self sustaining. Raise children, write, play, travel and care for what is needed without all the other stuff to distract.
    Valentine Logar recently posted..Tainted Meat for $300My Profile

    • Red

       /  May 23, 2012

      I am not opposed to your proposition. My mother told us when I was a teen she wished we would all live on a commune. She is still looking at property in Wyoming for this exact reason. I have told her, we need to go back to Texas if she wants to do that!

  4. Sadly this must be all too familiar for so many people, building a lifetime together only to lose the vision and the dream just before completion 🙁

    Have a very nice rest of day Red 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • Red

       /  May 23, 2012

      One of these days I will share a story I have about this precise thing. It is part of what makes me keep such a positive attitude. It is the one thing I own I wish I could virally spread to everyone I meet. Good to see your today, Andro. I hope your evening is shaping up nicely. I owe you a visit. I should not stay away this long!

  5. Its sadly true,and inspite all the good intentions, everything done right way…..its a dead end
    one wonders where and what transpired when they were working so hard for it.
    Soma Mukherjee recently posted..Ya-aawnMy Profile

  6. I was going to be married to a Danish woman, Hanne Damgaard, but the week before we were to finalise everything and I was to move over there Hanne died of a massive brain embolism in her grandmother’s kitchen with her family with her at the end.

    I haven’t had a relationship since…

    Love and hugs!

    prenin recently posted..Tuesday – the weather gets warmerMy Profile

    • Red

       /  May 24, 2012

      Do not close that door forever, Pren. When you least expect it, someone will walk through it. {HUGZ} Red.

    Cat Forsley recently posted..Cut Like A Cloud by Cat Forsley ©My Profile

  8. Tears pouring. The dreams, without being shared, fall flat. Loss leaves a hole and life is never the same. It can still be good, but part of the dream is gone forever and must be amended as we learn to live, love, and dream again without them.
    Angela Young recently posted..Pride and the CrossMy Profile

    • Red

       /  May 25, 2012

      Aye, but the amendment never holds the same luster as the original.


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