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Preterition (A relatively timeless sestina)

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Nan
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0 posted 01-30-2000 11:07 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Vast epochs cast as fossiled specks in time,
Striated tombs interred throughout the world
Lend touchstone sediments to advent's kind.
Thenceforth anon wends evolution's change;
As harbinger, the nascency of life,
Foretold of destinies fulfilled this day.

Lost relics note Paleozoic day.
Emergent firstlings from the womb of time,
Prelusive tenets of all earthly life,
Predate the Great Divides about this world.
Mute artefacts boast evidence of change;
That sapience upstood in rightly kind.

Caved scriveners carved etchings of first kind,
Scribed signatures of juvenescent day.
'Til Cheop's spire spake enigmatic change,
All messengers of pre-recorded time;
Colossal seemed as wonders of the world
Bore witness to the rudiments of life.

In Ancient East rose early factioned life.
Societies of City-States in kind,
Civilizations aimed to rule the world,
Grand Empires fallen remnants of lost day.
A Golden Age quelled Medieval time
And Renaissance of spirit enscribed change.

One metamorphic centenary change,
Transmutant of simplistic way of life.
Extensive progress unsurpassed in time,
Unfounded passage for all humankind.
The precipice of scientific day
Defines existence of a modern world.

Futurity rends visions for our world;
Endurance yet a quest subject to change.
What imminence befalls untrodden day,
As man espies intergalactic life?
A Universe alone 'tis naught mankind;
An Age is but a second lest mistime.

Temporal world yields pendency to life;
Millenniums' change plenary in kind.
Man's day a flicker in senescent time.



[This message has been edited by Nan (edited 01-30-2000).]
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Ted Reynolds
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1 posted 01-30-2000 11:20 AM       View Profile for Ted Reynolds   Email Ted Reynolds   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ted Reynolds

Golly, and I have enough trouble making sense of what happened just yesterday . . . and as for writing a meaningful sestina . . .  maybe I should just compliment you on your  vocabulary, and vamoose. In other words, I admire.
Elizabeth Santos
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2 posted 01-30-2000 11:42 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Nan,
Just what I needed to baffle my mind, an intellectual and eloquent sestina. Sorry, I can't come within a eon of this. So lost in the beauty and meaning, I didn't notice the repetition of ending words, it just flowed so smoothly through time.
I'm in awe
Liz
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3 posted 01-30-2000 11:46 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Nan,
You weave an intricate cacoon.
But is it not the same moon,
The same sun the same tribune.
I would my candy a bitter sweet.
Then packaged in a frame so neat.
But I do admit you are the best.
And have met all and every test.
Your poem is as wonderful as you.
Love ya Sy
Marge Tindal
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4 posted 01-30-2000 11:54 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Nan-
Sure makes a phrase such as,
'This is wonderful', seem so mundane.
However, words failing me-
this is wonderful.
Only sent me scurrying to the
dictionary twice.
I enjoyed the adventure.
Whew!  I'd say you've done a
relatively splendiferous job with this.
~*Marge*~


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5 posted 01-30-2000 11:54 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Nan: Wow!!!...I had to read this several times and it's a while since I read anything concerning The Paleozoic Era...and I love "Renaissance of spirit enscribed change"..

HUSG

 Memories give you the power to collect roses in the winter...
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6 posted 01-30-2000 01:03 PM       View Profile for Gene   Email Gene   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Gene's Home Page   View IP for Gene

"Vast epochs cast as fossiled specks in time,
Striated tombs interred throughout the world..."

What a great opening line. )I'm an amature Paleontologist). Loved it.

~Gene
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7 posted 01-30-2000 01:10 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Nan, since we're speaking of the Paleozoic era, will you be my Pal?  
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8 posted 01-30-2000 03:45 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is excellent, Nan!! This was worth the wait!!

Denise
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Now may I reply Nan ? Please, please, please ? LOL I had a heck of a time translation this , but I think I got it now. ; ) Nan, you do have a vocabulary ! And now that I understand what it is you're talking about....what can I say ? I am in total awe !    
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Hey, I thought you said there was no "picture of thyme" you could post.... geez...

Very fine poem, m'friend! I'm also envious of your vocabulary.... couldn't even spell "torture" yesterday, remember? Duh.

This kind of work exemplifies the reasons you are the resident poetry teacher! Excellent!
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11 posted 01-31-2000 08:46 AM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

Wow Nan. I'll admit, I had to go back and read this twice, and still I could not fathom the talent behind it. Bravo!

P.S--Can you teach me how to write like that?  


 "Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."
                                      
                                 -Charles Brugnot



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magnifique.
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"Man's day a flicker"...

For all our pomposity, that sure puts it in perspective, doesn't it? *G* Lovely, Nan!
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Yes Nan. I'm another in awe here...I loved this piece..   and Marge, I'm impressed...only two trips to the dictionary?!!!


 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
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I always read Nan's work with a Dictionary in one hand....good job...  
Nan
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16 posted 02-01-2000 06:23 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I really appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on this - all of you - I know it's one of my heavy-hitters, and they sometimes can get a bit... um... overwhelming??...
Reading your positive comments means a great deal to me, my friends......Thanks again

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17 posted 02-01-2000 06:27 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

"One metamorphic centenary change"

Loved the whole thing('course) but this one grabbed me. It says so much in so little.
 
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