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Forbidden Heart

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Skyfyre
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0 posted 03-22-2000 03:51 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

Forbidden Heart

I dreamt a dream of journey's path that chased the setting sun,
Whereby to seek a mystery with secrets to be won.
‘Cross many miles, I traveled long beneath this foreign sky,
To find the place that called to me although I knew not why.
O'er ocean stretched in greenest blue as far as eyes could see,
Where mountains towered – wardens grim – but none would hinder me;
I sped as only dreams can fly, to shame the eagle's pride,
With naught but hope beneath my wings and longing as my guide.

I landed in a valley wide, where forest cradled plain,
So vivid bathed in sylvan hue the sight was nearly pain.
Its quiet beauty stilled my breath – twas such a gloried scene –
In silent awe, I stretched my foot to touch the velvet green.
The grass was balm to weary step; no richer carpet made
Than stretched in gentle verdancy before this mystic glade.
Of health and hope the breezes smelled, and richly of decay,
Reminding me that all which burns much surely fade away.

The light was tempered well with dark and yet, it held no fear:
I ne'er had seen the Circle turn so flawlessly as here.
My feet unbidden moved, as though they knew what waited there,
And bore me through the ancient trunks in attitude of prayer.
I came, at last, upon a wall with ivy overgrown,
Which breathed with life where fragile vines lay siege to silent stone.
I followed them to oaken gates swung welcoming and wide:
The forest paled in bleak compare to what I found inside.

Embraced by walls, an orchard stood, with fruit of every hue,
And tapestries of rarest blooms beneath the branches grew.
And Death passed not within these walls – no taint of brown was seen –
No petal fell from countless buds to mar the perfect green;
Though boughs were laden well with fruit, not one had fallen free:
And pleas for harvest at my hand rung clear from ev'ry tree.
I wandered ‘twixt the twisted trunks in awe, like any child,
My heart unmade and born anew – its rhythm fierce and wild –

It was as Time crept slowly here; my feet could know no haste.
Each limb proffered a richer prize, and I could not but taste.
Their juices stained my eager lips and danced along my tongue,
And each was sweeter than the last.  My spirit fairly sung
In aching notes of ecstacy as pleasure claimed my will,
And though I ate of ev'ry tree, I could not have my fill.
To garden's heart I came at last, and there, a wonder found:
A crystal column skyward climbed from out the fertile ground!

Its surface round and polished smooth, it shimmered in the sun,
And in its heart, a pedestal of finest glass was spun.
And there, atop the sculpted shrine, was placed in reverence
A fruit whose flesh was so divine it filled my every sense.
Unquenchable my thirst became, save this should be my wine:
I vowed to see the temple breached and make the idol mine.
My desperate fingers sought the place where entry I might gain,
But though they hunted many days, their efforts were in vain:

As though, in guard, stood Gabriel, with sword of holy flame,
This fortress of fragility prevented me the same.
As sure as bastions iron-bound, it stood in mockery,
And only served to whet my thirst for that which tempted me.
Now evermore, I only sit upon eternal grass
And press my face with haunted eyes against impassive glass;
Ensorcelled by this vision bright, and blind to all, I pine,
Amidst the plenty starved, for want of what cannot be mine.


 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...


--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

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Talaira
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1 posted 03-22-2000 03:54 PM       View Profile for Talaira   Email Talaira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Talaira

You have painted such a beautiful picture.
Janet Marie
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The light was tempered well with dark and yet, it held no fear:
I ne'er had seen the Circle turn so flawlessly as here.
My feet unbidden moved, as though they knew what waited there,
And bore me through the ancient trunks in attitude of prayer.
I came, at last, upon a wall with ivy overgrown,
Which breathed with life where fragile vines lay siege to silent stone.
I followed them to oaken gates swung welcoming and wide:
The forest paled in bleak compare to what I found inside.
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Now evermore, I only sit upon eternal grass
And press my face with haunted eyes against impassive glass;
Ensorcelled by this vision bright, and blind to all, I pine,
Amidst the plenty starved, for want of what cannot be mine.
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WOW...This is exceptional work Sky, truly...the imagery is suberb, your choice of words...all of your thoughts and emtions weaved in with detailed desription of the scenery...VERY well written.
take carem jm

 and you can say baby...
baby can I hold you tonight
maybe if told you the right words...
at the right time,
you'd be mine...
baby can I hold you tonight...
tracy chapman


Elizabeth Santos
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3 posted 03-22-2000 04:57 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Skyfyre,
I have missed you of late, and your exqisite poetry. This one had me reading aloud, and it sounds like music. Your verses keep me clinging and always wanting more. Your rhyme and meter are perfect.
Enjoyed reading this very much.
Superb!
liz
PoeticKnight
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4 posted 03-22-2000 05:19 PM       View Profile for PoeticKnight   Email PoeticKnight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PoeticKnight

Once again i am as you put it..."in silent awe". I am so glad to see a new post from you.
Seymour Tabin
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5 posted 03-22-2000 06:21 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Skyfyre,
Bravo, excellent work, so glad to see you posting again.
wayoutwalt
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6 posted 03-22-2000 06:58 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

oman oman yuh e'er toppin yurself sky i love this one sooo much...o and so glad yur back
Michael
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7 posted 03-22-2000 07:11 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Your writngs are so powerful at times Kess.  I caught chills in reading this and felt a true longing at the end.  Extremely well done, piece.


Michael
Nan
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8 posted 03-22-2000 08:30 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

"Ensorcelled by this vision bright..."

"Ensorcelled," say ye???... OMiGawd, girl... Where is my unabridged dictionary.. Did you borrow it when I wasn't looking..

Nice work... get yourself back here and post more... ya hear??
Denise
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9 posted 03-22-2000 09:23 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Oh, how I've missed you and your excellent poetry, Kess!! This is magnificent!! MORE, MORE!!!

Denise
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10 posted 03-22-2000 10:51 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Kess, it's about time you got yourself back here. . . I've really missed you!!!

This was just incredible Kess. . . like I've always said, I don't know where this is coming from. . . but I hope that it doesn't stop.

Your words ring so true from the page, they fill my heart with light. . .please don't leave us again!!

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 That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

Balladeer
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11 posted 03-22-2000 11:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You don't miss a beat, Kess. Truly an impeccable poem...and your message rings out loud and true. We all press our faces against that impassive glass at one time or another, I'm afraid.
Meadowmuse
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12 posted 03-23-2000 12:56 AM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Such well plotted irony here, Kess, and written in such magestic manner. So glad to have your work to lose myself in again.  

~ Claire
Rex Allen McCoy
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13 posted 03-23-2000 01:11 AM       View Profile for Rex Allen McCoy   Email Rex Allen McCoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rex Allen McCoy's Home Page   View IP for Rex Allen McCoy

So ... where did you say this place can be found?

Rex}<{{{{o>
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


14 posted 03-23-2000 04:00 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I repeat that which you said to me: I already said I loved this... but now that I read it complete, I love it all the more. Te vision of Gabriel drives the feeling home... echoes of sadness and longing reverberate through this my friend.
hoot_owl_rn
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15 posted 03-23-2000 10:14 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Girl you rock !!!
Tess
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16 posted 03-23-2000 11:01 AM       View Profile for Tess   Email Tess   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tess's Home Page   View IP for Tess

WOW..what an epic poem..I think I will have to re-read this one several times to fully appreciate it, but the imagery was just incredible.

I have to go in search of more of your work!

Tess

 "What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two
bodies."
-Aristotle

David2
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17 posted 03-23-2000 01:23 PM       View Profile for David2   Email David2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for David2

Amazing, this totally carried me away! How talented you are, such a vivid picture! I loved it!
    David2  
Terrina Kethryveris
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18 posted 03-24-2000 10:42 AM       View Profile for Terrina Kethryveris   Email Terrina Kethryveris   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Terrina Kethryveris

Well it may have taken me a while to get here, but I am here and this is beautiful. As I have already told you my friend I have been pressing my face against that glass for years, it leaves one cold and lonely inside. The saying goes misery loves company, and so I say I'm glad to see I'm not the only one in this dismal place.

But I have my hopes of that glass finally breaking.  

 Truth be known, fantasy is much more appealing than reality.
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