Sailing to Autumn Isle

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Vintage Publishing

Summer waves goodbye from the coastline

Summer waves goodbye, from the coastline,

As I begin to sail away, to island autumn.

Regardless, I’ll still spend all of my time online,

This time for educational purposes, not just pleasure.


In the midst of autumn, I miss the dog days of summer,

Rest and relaxation were much needed, but it’s never enough.

Said I wanted summer to end, so the earth called my bluff,

Lying through my teeth before, I’m always gonna want you.


Spent many long and hot nights, working myself to death,

Miserable at the time, but now I’d take it back in a heartbeat.

Now everything that isn’t school, is forced into the backseat

Of my mind, I have to make sure that I cross the finish line.


Nearly finished the marathon, that is my education,

Past the Associate’s, lost in a foreign land, without GPS.

Anxiety rising, always stressed out, no room for failure,

Re-adjusting is fucking hard, in a state of frustration.


No choice but to pass, akin to switching lanes on the highway,

The faster that I get to my destination, the better off I’ll be.

Week one I’m falling apart, regressed back to daily drinking,

Liquor in my bloodstream, treating every night like it’s birthday.


Face buried so deep into to books, dig a tunnel to China,

Friends get pushed to side, all of my time gets taken up.

Ends justify the means, I’m willing to do what’s necessary,

Cause come springtime, I’ll have freedom, fifteen years a slave.


The earth slowly decays, as my stress is coming out the womb,

Temperature suddenly drops, gotta stay warm through the winter.

Regular life turns to vapour, holding hands with all of my free time,

For the next four months, I’ll be stuck in a constant crunch time.


Getting serious now, the stakes are higher than Mt. Everest,

Football season is the soulmate of the grind that is education.

Time to be better, I need a beneficial genetic mutation,

Just get through until Christmas, and then I’ll be alright.


Summer waves goodbye, from the coastline,

As I begin to sail away, to island of autumn.

Regardless, I’ll still spend all of my time online,

This time for educational purposes, not just pleasure.


Submitted: September 05, 2018

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I rememebr those times. Those lazy days of summer leaving. Fall semester creeping in, the GPA, tests, quizes, powerpoint presentations, needed credits for completion. I go for my Masters Degree in 2019 for Nursing. I hate to admit it, but if Booksie/Silk had been around when I was in college, hum, I would never have made it out, I barely made it getting my Bachelor's Degree by the skin of my teeth, and extra electives for credits helped as well. Good luck with all your future studies; just keep your priorities in order handsome one, I have faith in you.

Love andf Hugs,

Wed, September 5th, 2018 6:23pm


I'm right in the middle of one of those times right now, although I am getting closer to finishing, but the pressure adds up because of that. Plus, my work-life balance is somewhat out of whack right now, but it's only been two weeks so there is plenty of time to figure that out. I've had plenty of issues in college, failed/skipped a lot of classes, didn't try hard enough, nearly getting academically suspended, etc. I made it by the skin of my teeth at points as well. Thank you for the encouragement, I'm doing my best. Thanks for reading, I always love to see your comments.

Thu, September 6th, 2018 10:23am


You'll get there, MW! Excellent poem.

Wed, September 5th, 2018 7:14pm


Thanks for the encouragement! I'm doing good so far this semester. Thanks for reading!

Thu, September 6th, 2018 10:27am

Jeff Bezaire

The sad truth that school often does more harm than good - the mental and physical stress, the pressure to conform or be someone, the expectations from ourself, our family, our teachers and society - so much of what we privately struggle with be it depression or addiction, self-esteem issues, anger management, etc., can almost always trace back to the stresses put on us at school. School fucks us up, sometimes for life, and the higher up the educational ladder we climb, the more it sucks the fun out of life too.
There are some things I miss about the old days, but school will never be one of them.
Your poem definitely expresses all the pressure and BS students struggle through each year. School is very much like autumn - it saps a lot of life from bright young souls and dims the light of their spirit.
Best of luck this year! Amidst all the work and stress, don't lose yourself!

Wed, September 5th, 2018 7:25pm


I agree with you completely, school is incredibly stressful. You can almost never "turn off" so to speak, because something about school is always on your mind. Particularly in my family there's a big emphasis on education and success which creates even more pressure to succeed and being perfect.
There are certainly things I miss about school, as well. Being able to see my friends everyday is one of those things I miss. Cause now as adults with jobs and college we have a hard time getting together.
I like that simile of school and autumn sapping the life from young souls, that is really good, I never thought about it that way.
Thank you for the encouragement, I'm doing well this semester so far! I'm trying to find the right work-life balance. Thank you for reading!

Thu, September 6th, 2018 10:33am


What a heartfelt poem, my friend. Well penned.

Thu, September 6th, 2018 12:42pm


Thank you so much :)

Thu, September 6th, 2018 10:53am

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