Cloudless Drifter by Jeff Flesch

A watercolor painting of a forest of trees and an orange hued background
Photo by prettysleepy1, Pixabay

oranges and limes fill the sky

a scent reminiscent of another time

when love was like a drop of candy in the winter

and the fields were dusty

a cloudless drifter

was

I

looking for another relation

the wonder

filling my mind

while birds chirped on the trees broken limbs

and I continued to swim

into the abyss

black and translucent light

filtering into the night

creating another aspect of my life

-JEFF FLESCH

Jeff grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where he works in Educational Leadership. Jeff’s interests and passions include personal and professional development, developing new ways to increase access to higher education, and creating inspiration, transformation, and more equity throughout society. Visit Develop. Inspire. Transform. to read more of his thoughts and writing.

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Jeff’s poetic dedication to heartbreak and the will to move on is wrapped in the moods of the seasons. It’s never easy to accept that a love once cherished no longer exists. But like all things, love is at times inescapable from change. The last line flicked a switch in my head, indeed an ‘Aha’ moment. ‘Creating another aspect of my life’ – that’s the answer to healing, recovering, and discovering newer emotions, thoughts, and relations. We must give ourselves the chance to grow, evolve, and adapt.
    Congratulations Jeff!

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Dear Terveen, your reflections, and insights into my poems are always a treat for me to read. I am honored by your words, and always so honored to be published at MasticadoresIndia. Thank you so much, my dear friend!

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    2. abvr says:

      Oh it is so refreshing to read your deep insight and understanding of Jeff’s poetry, it opened my own eyes of understanding.

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      1. Terveen Gill says:

        Thank you so much. I deeply appreciate it.

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  2. abvr says:

    Orange and lime aroma sends a current arousing all the senses
    The taste on the toungue however, mesmerizes.
    I love this candy drops

    But the story doesn’t end here…
    The scars of love and life are evidently there.

    Broken limbs and I…

    I weep, thank you Jeff♥♥ for sharing your deep.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Aww, it is always so lovely to read your reflections on my writes, dear Abi. Thank you so much, my dear, Wishing you a lovely evening. 💖💖

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      1. abvr says:

        You are most welcome my friend ❤ ♥

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  3. Oh sweet, this creates a perfect and beautiful memory, Jeff my friend. Your choice of words and images is simply the best. Always a pleasure reading your work. ❤❤

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Aww, that is so lovely of you to write, thank you so much, my dear friend, Lamittan. 💖💖

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      1. Most welcome, my dear friend Jeff. Always. 💖💖

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  4. Ananda says:

    Beautiful moving piece Jeff

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Ananda.

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  5. Love how you ended on a hopeful note, Jeff! Beautiful write.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Ah! Thank you so much, dear Punam! ♥

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      1. My pleasure, my friend. ❤️

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  6. Sunra Rainz says:

    Lovely poem, Jeff. I like the scent reminiscent of another time. Congratulations! 🙂

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Sunra! I’m elated to know you enjoyed that line! 💕

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  7. Timothy Price says:

    A sweet but somber poem.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Tim.

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  8. rothpoetry says:

    Wonderful feeling and imagery in this poem.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Thank you and congratulations on getting it published.

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  9. Beautifully penned with lovely imagery Jeff! 💖👏

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! That means a lot to me, my dear friend! 💖💖

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  10. Feeling the dualism in this, our lives drift in and out of the light. Beautiful! 👏👏

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Ah! Indeed, they do. Thank you so much, Tricia! 💞

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  11. Cassa Bassa says:

    I love this one! 💚

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Oh, how wonderful! Thank you so much, Cassa. 💛

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  12. Michele Lee says:

    Jeff, you have many things to celebrate about this poem. Bravo! 👏🏻 Gorgeous imagery and phrases, interesting structure, a spoken word quality, and more. ✨

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    1. Michele Lee says:

      *Brave should be Bravo!

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        Thank you so much for this wonderful comment, Michele. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Ah! Spoken word. Still working on that. Need more time. Lol. 😅💞🌳

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        1. Michele Lee says:

          When the time is right, it will be right. 😄

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  13. Wow Jeff! You are able to convey such a sense of freedom! Loved reading this!

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Dominic!!

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      1. Most welcome Jeff!

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  14. Navin says:

    Wonderfully written, dearest Jeff …the choice of words…the imagery ✨❤️💫

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, dearest Navin. I’m so happy and honored to know you enjoyed it. ✨❤️🌹

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      1. Navin says:

        You’re very welcome, dearest Jeff…I very much enjoyed your piece ✨❤️💫
        P.S. Dearest Jeff – You once mentioned that you had written a review of my poetry book…unfortunately, I can’t see it…perhaps, it got stuck somewhere…I’m only asking as I would very much like to share it on WP & IG…coz your words matter to me a lot…it’s truly an honour that YOU have bought, read & reviewed my book…the feeling I can’t describe in words…

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        1. Jeff Flesch says:

          Oh, dearest Navin, thank you for letting me know that you haven’t seen my review. I will check Amazon in the next few days, and follow up with you. If it did get stuck, and I don’t see it, I’ll submit it again. I can also send you a copy of my review too. I’m always honored to read you, and reading and reviewing your book was a great pleasure for me. I will follow up soon. ❤️✨🌹

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  15. jonicaggiano says:

    Jeff this is a particularly beautiful piece. Your words create a unique world and one you are traveling in. Thanks for sharing that with us, so very lovely. Big hugs and love my friend. Joni

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Your words are always so wonderful and meaningful to me. Thank you so much for this lovely reflection, Joni. Sending love and big hugs.

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are very kind. I honestly feel the same about your work Jeff. Yea🎊🦋🎉🍾🙏🎊🎉

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  16. K.Hartless says:

    Those candy colored memories. They don’t leave even in the darkest and deepest times. I’m grateful for mine and your poetry that reminds me to remember. 💜

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      That’s so true, K. I’m honored by your reflection. It’s so lovely. Thank you. 💜

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  17. Words and photo such a perfect match 🧡🧡🧡

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Lisa! 🧡🧡🧡

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  18. So many shades and colors to life – I love the whole imagery and love is so apparent here. Wonderful work, Jeff.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      I’m so happy and honored to know you enjoyed it, Shobana. Thank you so much for this lovely reflection.

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  19. Brilliant how you blend and weave the orange and black of the darkening night, infused with the layers of emotions from different times – how you emerge with a new creation of Self from that darkness of night.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      You always see the concepts to their final destination, Pragalbha. Your reflection is in perfect resonance with the thoughts and feelings behind this write. Thank you.

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