Nicholas Browning

Ghost of Atlantis

Vastness, reticent.
Drawing absence, submerged.
Sunlight serves a contrast,
Only to darken hollow prayers.


Stolen, be it antipathy or indifference.
Waters are hindered.
Currents, no longer sway.
Outlets of motion, no more tides.


Deceased, alas survived.
Laid waste, here, in reckoning of Poseidon.
Spoken, no reply.
Emptiness, void of cries.
Within the nothing;
Only I.


Recollect, can not.
Innumerable the years.
Salt brought forth the undertow,
Product of a myriad's tears.


Drift along; shall for long,
Reliving the instance it sank.
Any diver amidst this blackened sea,
If thee ever may happen across it;
I entreat you: "Saveth me."


  • FredPeyer

    Nicholas, for me your poem conjured up a lonely man in a lifeboat drifting across the vast sea with no direction and no hope.
    Maybe it is just my over-active imagination!
    Beautiful poem, I did enjoy reading it.

    • Nicholas Browning

      Thank you for this, I needed it. I'm glad you enjoyed it Fred!


      "Within the nothing;
      Only I". Very well said. In the nothing only your true self can be found. Hopefully you will be saved, as I have.

      • Nicholas Browning

        I look forward to the day! Thanks James. Always good to see you friend.

      • moonwriting

        A good read, kept me interested the whole way through.

      • Poetic Dan

        I know we can read things differently depending on our own energy, today that took me to a place I needed to be. Thank you for expressing your self so amazingly, and that you relate to my work.
        Thanks for helping me pick the next one I'll post too

        • Nicholas Browning

          You're welcome sir. Thank you for your humble feedback.

        • Tony36

          Well written and expressed

        • Adri

          That was so romantic, sad, and fulfilling. Great poem! I could read it over and over and never get tired of it! 🦋

          • Nicholas Browning

            Thank you very much. It was heartfelt. I'm glad you enjoyed!

            • Adri

              You are very welcome Nicholas!

            • kevin browne

              I think you saved yourself writing this one Nicholas Browning. what a poem full of just beautifully placed words. a genius is at work here I see. It makes my week when someones nails a poem like this. high standards need to be maintained so the anticipation for your next one heaves some pressure your way.

              • Nicholas Browning

                I aim to deliver sir. Your critique is much appreciated, and I will do my best to meet the standards placed upon me. I'm glad you enjoyed the read. Happy writing!

              • Heather T

                I don't know if it's your intention, but abandonment pours off of this like an echo. I understand why you were happy to shed the emotion.

                • Nicholas Browning

                  That's what I was going for. No matter the effort, sometimes it's just not enough, and you feel like you're drowning. Thanks for the comment Heather, it is much appreciated.

                • Frank Prem

                  Agree with a previous responder:

                  Within the nothing;
                  Only I.

                  Some very powerful thoughts and phrases, Nicholas.

                  • Nicholas Browning

                    Indeed. Thank you sir. The comment is very much appreciated!

                  • orchidee

                    A fine write N. I know I often say that, and it can sound a bit bland at times. I admit I get lost in cryptic-type poems or phrases.
                    I don't mean 'lost' in 'carried away' but rather 'not always following the thread'. Yet as here, poets have taken your poem as what it may appear to be to them in their own imaginations.

                    • Nicholas Browning

                      No worries Orch. Your feedback is always appreciated. I love the way people interpret things such as this. It can lead to some marvelous discoveries. Poetry is like that, which is part of the reason why I love it so much. Write on friend, write on!

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