WL Schuett

Poverty of the Soul

in times of trouble 

drowning in fear and doubt 

where questions I can't answer 

are casting all about 


searching for the answers 

that time and distance have stole 

starving and neglected 

there is a poverty in my soul 


trying to reconcile 

belief and non belief 

looking for that middle ground 

to open up that window 

that I always knew to be there 

but sadly now just can't be found 


a chill is in the night air 

the morning frost is keen 

as for faith or unbelief 

there is nothing in between 


  • FredPeyer

    WL, great poem! And you are SO right! You either believe, or you don't. There is no middle ground. The light is either on or off. Very nicely written!

    • WL Schuett

      Thanks Fred It sure seems that way

    • myself and me

      "as for faith or unbelief
      there is nothing in between "
      But it is in between, I stuck.

      The guitar is in its best silence to listen your mind.
      A poem with deep thoughts, a paint took mind to a far far land.

      • WL Schuett

        Really I am lost in between also but where ever I search I find no middle ground ,I thank you M&M for reading and thinking about this poem

      • poetboy5454

        The title drew me in and I was not disappointed at all.

        • WL Schuett

          Thanks for reading poet boy glad you found it interesting

        • Seek

          It may be argued that the doubt you express in the first stanza constitutes some form of middle ground, where one oscillates between belief and non-belief. But you are absolutely right that in the end there is no true middle ground. Above all, how can one NOT take a stand on matters of the soul? Thoroughly enjoyed the piece.

          • WL Schuett

            Thank you seek for a thoughtful response. I am glad you enjoyed the poem

          • Preciosa Martin

            Life is an endless whys...and you are right, there will always be a window, keep on looking for those opened windows - nice poem

            • WL Schuett

              I agree thanks for the input

            • Michael Edwards

              The light switches on but which side of the divide does it fall - it depends on which side of the divide you settle I guess. Love this write which makes simple statements without being judgemental apart from the comment that ultimately there is nothing in between which is spot on.

              • WL Schuett

                Thanks Michael I agree

              • Goldfinch60

                Very good write and so very true. There is no compromise, I believe but will not force my opinions on others as belief or non-belief lies within each one of us and it cannot be changed by others.

                • WL Schuett

                  That's the perfect response too bad everyone doesn't think that way , thank you

                • WL Schuett

                  I am an optimistic man just because I look for something in between doesn't mean I don't have hope , charity and love ... love your comments thanks

                • WriteBeLight

                  Love this WL!

                • WL Schuett

                  Thanks my friend

                • BlueDays

                  I felt the struggle and conflict with oneself in this and as always your painting complimented your poem perfectly. I feel like the guy is standing contemplating, 'do I go on or turn back? I can't stay here inbetween' which is reflected in the poem.

                • WL Schuett

                  Thanks Blue you really got my poem the essence of it is that you have to chose

                • Fay Slimm.

                  The search shows that an answer will be found soon Bill - - the territory in between is the ground of awakening so hold on in there - spiritual wealth is worth all the searching my newly-found friend..

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