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“Exploring Thoughts of One’s Soul” by Ma Lilibeth “Mary” Donahue

“Exploring Thoughts of One’s Soul” by Ma Lilibeth “Mary” Donahue
November 17, 2017 Nā Leo Literary Review

“Exploring Thoughts of One’s Soul”

Ma Lilibeth “Mary” Donahue

November 2, 2017


Explore, explore. What is it for?

On the verge of my despair; something I could not prepare

Mournful life is unkind; so, as the gloomy side of mankind

Nothing’s right in the eyes of one’s sight

Damage of the past unrepairable and done

Like echoes of the souls, those that have gone


Explore, explore. What is it for?

Tussling for peace, only oneself can cease

A soft heart and cool breeze are what we seized

Explore, explore. What I explore?

In the ocean of tears, tears with colors suddenly went clear

No smell, no shades of colors, no difference I see

Only a rainbow, true colors we failed to adhere

Why can’t we see the harmony of the sea?


Let’s try rowing together, and find our way altogether

Keep calm on one same boat and let our hearts feel free

Clear our faults and let them burn; use our soul and let it learn

The farthest we row, the brightest our future will grow.


Note from the Author: This poem was inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article, “Letter to My Son,” that our professor gave us for annotation. After reading three pages of it, I felt emotional.

Comments (6)

  1. Elisa Bonganay 8 months ago

    Inspiring. Life may be hard but keep on ❤

  2. Khristine Rivers 8 months ago

    Congratulations. Not only you’re a good actress but also a good poet. I’m so impressed and proud of you. It is very well written. Keep it up girl.God Bless you always.

  3. Tricia Burns 8 months ago

    Very nice poem, Mary.
    Well composed, keep up the good work.
    Hope to read a published book of poems by you someday.

  4. Shandon 8 months ago

    Very Well put together…a good read for anyone!

  5. Mary 8 months ago

    Thank you so much!

  6. Ma Donahue 8 months ago

    Hey ma, your talents are unbelievable. I’ll be waiting for that first book of poems.

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