Cerebral Port

A Poem By Damaris Ann // 1/14/2017

There's no rest for the weary
No, no port in sight
This journey is so dreary
I travel alone
Now I'm treading on water
Can't do this for long
I have no lighthouse spotter
Down under I go

But in your arms is where I find my rest
Yeah, my cerebral port
I call on your heart to make mine steadfast
Oh, my cerebral port

My ship was sunk by hurled hate
On this, life's ocean
My lifeboat did I inflate
It's faulty at best
Sharks of my doubting now snap
As my oars float away
Sucking from me my life's sap
Out of my thin veins

But in your arms is where I find my rest
Yeah, my cerebral port
I call on your heart to make mine steadfast
Oh, my cerebral port

But I've spotted the light now
'Because you had grace
In vision's spotlight I bow
Firm land at my feet
I run up to embrace you
To look in your eyes
Your promises were all true
I'm lost in your touch

Now in your arms is where I find my rest
Yeah, my cerebral port
Now I have your heart to make mine steadfast
Oh, my cerebral port

Comments

This sounded to me like it

This sounded to me like it could be an african style song, and I was just studying the brain for my anatomy class too.
I think this poem makes me connect with you, and certain things stuck out to me; I read it a few times trying to understand.
I have no lighthouse spotter
Down under I go

I can relate to your emotions, but don't know what it is like to have to go on diets, hoping and praying that you will be able to overcome, with God's help. <3
EDIT: this was also very unique, will stick to my mind.

Lucy Anne | Sat, 01/14/2017

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your comment made me happy on

Your comment made me happy on multiple levels. :) thank you so much, and again; thank you.

Damaris Ann | Sat, 01/14/2017

"It is the small temptations which undermine integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial to be resisted."
-Luisa May Alcott

I like this, Damaris! It had

I like this, Damaris! It had a really good rhythm, very songlike.

Erin | Sun, 01/15/2017

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

I FELT this -- so strongly --

I FELT this -- so strongly -- and that's what I love, when poems can give me a feeling. You built up the climax really skillfully and then unleashed this stanza:

"But I've spotted the light now
'Because you had grace
In vision's spotlight I bow
Firm land at my feet
I run up to embrace you
To look in your eyes
Your promises were all true
I'm lost in your touch"

There was such a dynamic shift there, and I felt the relief, the warmth, the solid ground, the flooding light. ("Spotlight" was a key choice, I thought.) The physical embrace.

Thanks so much for sharing this, Damaris! -- Now I'll read your note. I always like to reflect on something before reading the author's opinion of their own work.

--- Ohh my gosh, I am so sorry you are going through that :( And, honey, I understand entirely. I was tortured this entire past year by the exact same thought -- "Am I always going to be sick and tired? Is this my life now?" because I got cold-like symptoms every couple weeks, and was so easily depressed, tired, mentally foggy...wondering if it was adrenal fatigue, and if I was grieving things like leaving Ireland or a deteriorating relationship. The exhaustion and illness definitely tore at my identity, because I do remember feeling vibrant in years' past, and being able to hike five miles and still go contra dancing at night -- rather than not being able to do anything but rest in bed. So I was just picturing that it was going to be my entire life. And I'm not fully there yet, but I'm taking steps to recovery my vibrancy. I really do believe healing is possible -- even if it's excruciatingly slow, and even though it's a journey and a process. I'm also changing up my diet, and taking out the common allergens (wheat, dairy, etc.) to reduce inflammation...and trying to learn tactics for stress control and relaxation. Trying to trust that I can have full health again and that there's hope and joy in my future, and a version of the real (energized) me up ahead. So far I've had some energy back the past couple weeks and have been able to work out almost every day. I know it's going to be little by little. I'll keep you in my thoughts, Damaris! We're in this together. And I believe you're doing an AMAZING job, taking care of yourself. You're so brave to share yourself this way with us. I am so in awe and proud of you for taking steps like a 27 day detox. You're not going to feel the fruits of this right now, but you will down the road. So, so proud of you. Hugs, sister! Keep running to your Port and to your friends who love you.

EDIT: Aaaaaaand I just wrote a comment longer than your post.

Sarah Bethany | Sun, 01/15/2017

Oh my word

Erin: thank you very much. :) I appreciate it.

Sarah: oh my goodness. I'm soooo glad you could feel it. I love that it was relatable. :) thank YOU for reading! Oh goodness, and for commenting. I've read through your comment at least five times now, just savoring it.

Oh my. Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!! Seriously, I teared up when I read your comment. It means so much to me. You are loved! I'm thankful for our budding friendship. :) ❤❤❤

Damaris Ann | Wed, 01/18/2017

"It is the small temptations which undermine integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial to be resisted."
-Luisa May Alcott

A comment that took a while to get right

Ok, firstly, I love it so much I don't know what to say, and second, man, Damaris, all of your poems touch me in the heartstrings! I heard the sadness at first, and then it lifted into something so much lighter and more hopeful. I am truly amazed by everything you write and I really admire you. All your works transport me there and I'm dazzled every time.
In short, amazing poem.

Madalyn Clare | Wed, 01/18/2017

"To live is to love with the passion of a thousand stars. To love is to live despite the pain of a thousand scars. Anything in between is a passing shadow." ~Michael Joseph Murano

You read it five times and

You read it five times and teared up? Oh, my goodness. *wraps Damaris up in a hug* You are beautiful and loved!

Sarah Bethany | Wed, 01/18/2017

WHY DOES EVERYONE MAKE THESE

WHY DOES EVERYONE MAKE THESE FABULOUS HEARTS AND I CANNOT?

<3 <3 <3

flubbity flub fbbt

Oh, well :P

Sarah Bethany | Wed, 01/18/2017

CAN THE WORLD BECOME ANY MORE BEAUTIFUL???

Girls, I love you all. So much. My heart is literally singing right now.

Nerys: wow. Just wow. Thank you a thousand times. <3

Sarah Bethany awwwwwwww *hugs you right back*

The hearts are on my iPhone...

Damaris Ann | Wed, 01/18/2017

"It is the small temptations which undermine integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial to be resisted."
-Luisa May Alcott

......I am so in the dinosaur

......I am so in the dinosaur age.

*dances around with Damaris*

Sarah Bethany | Wed, 01/18/2017

Hahaha

Oh, Sarah, you make me smile.

Damaris Ann | Wed, 01/18/2017

"It is the small temptations which undermine integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial to be resisted."
-Luisa May Alcott

Haha is it too premature for

Haha is it too premature for a cyber hug? :) Still new, but you made me feel so at home, with your tear jerking, bardic, true writings and welcoming nature, so...

Madalyn Clare | Thu, 01/19/2017

"To live is to love with the passion of a thousand stars. To love is to live despite the pain of a thousand scars. Anything in between is a passing shadow." ~Michael Joseph Murano

OKAY THE WORLD IN FACT BECAME MORE BEAUTIFUL

Bring it in, girly!! *gives you the biggest cyber hug you've ever had*

Ya know, you actually remind me a little bit of my little sister (and we're super close), so that's probably why I love you so much. <3 We'll, I love pretty much everybody (especially everybody on AP). :)

You are so sweet, and your comment just made me want to dance.

Damaris Ann | Thu, 01/19/2017

"It is the small temptations which undermine integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial to be resisted."
-Luisa May Alcott

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