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Rowing Away From
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By Rich Tassinari
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              Rowing Away From

I rowed upon a wide and varied lake,
The only sound my oars that reached below
The surface of the dark to help me go
Away, away toward what I would partake.
And as I rowed, I felt the push of oars
Against the mysteries of dark and deep
Beneath the surface where my secrets keep
Their distance and refuse His welcome shores.
“Don’t welcome me, ye shores, don’t bid me come,
For I have not the spirit that ye seek,
I have below my surface something bleak,
A restless spirit I am rowing from.”
   But when I stopped to rest my tired oars,
   Your waves brought me unto Your blessed shores.

Rich Tassinari 9/13/14


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Submitted: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Last Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2014

About the Poet
Husband, father, grandfather, and each title is my joy. As a youth, poetry was a means to express the inexpressable. I was attracted to (and still am) the beauty and brevity of verse. All flows out from God, and like a proper prayer, can flow back.


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