a moment too late

The sun slowly died

As she watched the edge of the sea

Another day gone, another wish lost

Another reason to believe life is cruel as can be

The waves were risky, the shore safe

But there was no hope for the poor waif

The shore was not her home

She was alone

All she wanted was a ship to come and carry her on its deck and flee

Along the horizons, towards the sky, to the clouds, beyond the eyes could see

Another sunrise, another hope

No sign of the ship, only a boat

Offering her a ride she couldn’t deny

So for one last time she waved the shore goodbye

This was not what she wanted, but accepted it as her fate

Turning back to the shore now, she saw a ship, just a moment too late



  1. Angela Cohan said,

    October 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful–I loved it.

    • Alethea said,

      October 2, 2010 at 1:06 am

      Very glad that you did…thank you for the sweet words 🙂
      Happy weekend!!

  2. Jingle said,

    October 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Glad to see you shine with a beautiful piece.
    sorry for the ending,
    missed beauty is the most precious one….
    well done!

    • Alethea said,

      October 2, 2010 at 4:40 am

      While writing, I was not sure if I would be able to portray the message in this poem properly….just wanted to try something different this time. Glad you liked it! Means a lot…
      thank you 🙂

  3. 2zpoint said,

    October 2, 2010 at 5:32 am

    I wonder if the choices are regretful because of post knowledge? hind sight is 20/20 you know. great twisting tale to your poem!

    • Alethea said,

      October 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

      I liked the way you put it “hind sight is 20/20″…very true!! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  4. Jamie Dedes said,

    October 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, how sad … we do this though. That’s the truth.

    Well done.

    • Alethea said,

      October 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

      sometimes we realize things a little too late…
      thanks for the comment !!
      Happy Sunday 🙂

  5. pot123 said,

    October 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Very creative and artistic. Love the way how you bring the truthfulness of life with the written words.

    • Alethea said,

      October 8, 2010 at 11:33 am

      Thank you…I really appreciate your visits and comments 🙂

  6. October 7, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Ah, yes, the ship that sails without us… isn’t that always the way? Reminds me of an opposite: how often we rush after happiness and don’t wait to let it catch up to us. Either way, we make our own world somehow.

    Keep on writing, Alethea! And thanks again for visiting my blog.

    Amy Barlow Liberatore (who’s seen a few ships pass, herself)

    • Alethea said,

      October 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

      yeah…life’s never fair!! but hey, we still love it 🙂
      Thank you for the comment and I love your blog! Will be visiting as often as I can.

  7. lynnaima said,

    October 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm


    • Alethea said,

      October 10, 2010 at 2:51 am

      Wow…that’s really a huge compliment..
      Thanks 🙂

  8. lynnaima said,

    October 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Well deserved 🙂

  9. October 12, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Beautifully written, love the flow within the poem, great work! Happy Poetry Potluck!=P

  10. Talon said,

    October 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Awww! I’m sorry she missed the ship, but I’m glad she could move on from a place that brought her pain.

  11. Jingle said,

    October 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Glad to see you share,
    you really care,
    thanks for the treat.
    well done!

    hope opportunity hits her soon.

  12. brian said,

    October 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    good job trying new things…and if she saw it was it really too late?

    • Alethea said,

      October 13, 2010 at 5:11 am

      Well, she was already on the boat, sailing. So she wouldn’t be able to go back to the shore and catch the ship in time. But if she had waited for some more time then she would have been…
      Tried to express that feeling we get when we look back and say “If only….”
      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  13. October 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Great job, so many emotions in this piece. I really felt the longing.


    • Alethea said,

      October 13, 2010 at 5:12 am

      Thank you Marlee..
      coming over to your blog 🙂

  14. Jingle said,

    October 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm


    help visit Talon to wish her a happy birthday today,

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