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Changing From One Mood To Another

I originally wrote this as two separate poems.

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Sea Of Change

© more by Douglas J. Olson

Published: May 2020

The clouds never break
Like blue waters do
On this Island of Pain.
How can I stand true?

The birds never sing
And the love never finds
This Island of Pain
Where the sun never shines.

The stars never gleam
And the moon never glows.
There's never a dream,
And the river that flows

Is filled with my tears
That lead to the Bay
Of this Island of Pain
Where I'm destined to stay.

There, in the distance,
The fog starts to rise,
As I awaken
To warm, sunny skies.

No longer a captive
So long lost at sea,
This Island of Hope
Appears before me.

The Sea of Serenity
Waves at the shore.
Of this Island of Hope,
I just can't ignore.

The birds always sing
And the love always finds
This Island of Hope
Where the sun always shines.

The stars always gleam
And the moon always glows.
There's never a tear
And the soft wind that blows

Is filled with my dreams
That lead to the shore
Of this Island of Hope
Where I'll live evermore.

Interview with Top Poet Douglas J. Olson

  • What inspired you to write this poem?
    I was feeling quite depressed, which inspired me to write the "Island of Pain" part of the poem first. Then a few weeks later, it dawned on me to write a positive version: "Island Of Hope." After sharing these two separate poems with a musician friend, he suggested combining them so there would be a happy ending. In just a few minutes, I had "Sea Of Change."
  • What makes this poem one of your favorites?
    This poem is one of my favorites because it has a little bit of complexity, and I think it captures the moods many of us feel.
  • How has writing poetry been beneficial to you?
    Writing poetry is beneficial to me because I can express my feelings in a unique way. It's kind of like therapy. I go deep into myself yet lose myself.
  • What is your favorite experience that has resulted from being published on Family Friend Poems?
    My favorite experience from being published on Family Friend Poems is that a musician from Chicago contacted me about my "Paradise" poem and wanted to have the words in a Bossa Nova song that he wrote. I agreed, and the song is on YouTube.

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