Messages in bottles

messages in bottles, steve humphreys, poetry

Picked a tea

leaf from

the bush

(my tree

of knowledge)

turned it over

read its life line

found out

what it means

‘drink loose leaf

green tea

then you will know’


its wisdom

in green




in this life

everybody wanted me to be

what they wanted me to be

I changed me

for all of them

my body pained

my soul cried out

I got used up

they are gone

what was left

was a fake me

a betrayer

I didn’t know

all that remains

is a gravestone

and empty


in a dream

(inside a dream it is
as real
as daily life
when you become old)

you float

to a beach

that washes up


in many bottles

and you know

it doesn’t matter

which one you pick

to open

the inked papers inside will


say the same


and you finally know why

because it was you

who wrote them all

because years ago


in a shroud

of moonlight

you rolled

a wheel barrel


of empty whiskey bottles

to the end of the pier

and began

writing messages

for each bottle

releasing them

one by one

into choppy



the many messages

were for you to give


not yearn

for nor anticipate


in years





Author: Steven Humphreys

I have long been married and currently write health and wellness articles and poetry posts. I have authored several books currently for sale at most popular outlets. I hope you like my blog finding it informative and meaningful as well as entertaining. Let me know what you think. You can read more 'about me' on this site. Thanks for stopping by!

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