Wanderlust

Wanderlust Adventure
An enticing choice
We often dream about
But seldom resolve to engage

Hampered by the fog of uncertainty
The venturesome road
Leads nowhere
And everywhere

Cocoons give birth
Fluttering in our stomach
A barely audible whisper carried on wings
Nudges us forward

Encouraging us
Throw caution to the wind
Do something bold and daring
Unexpected

Into the darkness we plunge
Unaware and nescient
The initial fear dissipates
As the spark within intensifies

A seed is planted
We watch it grow
Ample sunshine and water
In the form of faith and love

Step by step
We trek forward
Hoping to discover
Meaning and truth

Wandering aimlessly
We stumble upon
The key to happiness
And contentedness

The decision to wander
Away from the comfort of familiarity
Carries us along a path
With many twists and turns

Accosted by fear, despair, and misery
We are rescued by faith, hope, and love
On an enduring journey
Back home

Author’s Note:
This poem is inspired by the short story with the same name. Wanderlust is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store. And for three days (Wednesday, May 27, 2015 through Friday, May 29, 2015), it is free to download. Experience the wonder of self-discovery as you follow the trail of adventure with Damon, Gryffin, and Jo. Included is a short passage from the author detailing the inspiration and thoughts behind the composition of this story.

Many thanks to my beautiful and talented wife for providing the stunning cover art for this story. Her photographic prowess has added depth to my words that I could not possibly have accomplished on my own.

If you found this short e-book enjoyable, I would sincerely appreciate any feedback in the form of a review at the book’s site on Amazon. To download the e-book, please visit the Shop link at the top of this page to see all books available by me, or visit Wanderlust. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and best wishes for an inspired day!

7 thoughts on “Wanderlust

  1. Writing to Freedom May 27, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Wonderful ode to wanderlust, and I love the way you brought it back home with love and faith. The wandering and love I’m pretty good at. The faith and coming back home are the hard parts for me! 🙂 I look forward to reading the story and yes, the cover art is great.
    BTW, I read your ebook of short stories and enjoyed them as well.
    Congrats on stepping into your passion for writing Dave.

    • davecenker May 27, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Brad, I appreciate your reflection on my poem and encourage you to continue wandering – it will bring you home without you even realizing it 😉

  2. heraldmarty May 28, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Well you know what a visual person I am Dave and I really love this image! Let me be honest, I normally don’t do poetry. Maybe it’s just that I need things spelled out for me which is probably why my calling seems to be taking complex subjects and making them readable for everyone. That said, I do appreciate having my brain stretched in a new direction and I can certainly relate to the subject of adventure and wandering.

    I remember one time I was in Korea with a group from Hawaii and I talked a fellow sales manager into going on an ‘adventure’ with me to an outdoor shopping area for locals in Busan. Not a tourist in sight and no one spoke English. To make it even more fun, here we were – a blond and a redhead – in a sea of black hair. My friend repeatedly threatened to kill me because people kept trying to touch our hair! Later when we were walking around trying to find a taxi to take us back to the hotel a school bus pulled up and the children leaned out the windows pointing at us – we were all laughing and waiving at each other. Great day … but now that I think about it this is probably a good example of why I normally travel on my own. 🙂

    • davecenker May 29, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks for the kind words and the recollection of your experience in Korea. I had the privilege of visiting Korea once on business and it was very interesting. Like you, I had an itch to get out and see different aspects of a foreign culture when I had the opportunity.

      That’s the great thing about doing those unexpected and seemingly crazy things. They might throw us into a state of discomfort in the moment, but more often than not we come out of them with some wonderful experiences and insights (not to mention a few stories) 😉

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I have never personally been a poetry person myself either. But, it is one way that I have tried to push myself outside of my own comfort zone. And although, I don’t have any formal training in how to write it, it is nonetheless enjoyable to let raw emotions spill on to the page in a more unorganized, but sometimes more authentic manner.

      And, although I am biased, I have to agree that my wife did an amazing job with the picture. She is becoming my official cover artist 🙂

  3. roughwighting May 29, 2015 / 7:41 am

    I like the poem. I like writing poetry – the words can take us to many different places with one sentence, unlike a story or a book. The cover art for Wanderlust is spectacular! Classy. Thanks for the download – I look forward to reading…

    • davecenker May 29, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you Pamela, for your kind words and for taking the time to download and read the short story 😉 And, I agree with the composition of poetry. I have found now, on several occasions, how writing the single line of a poem – its brevity – allows it to be interpreted in so many different ways, more so than in a story or book.

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