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Timeless Sorrow

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Michael
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0 posted 07-10-2000 03:18 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

TIMELESS SORROW


‘Tis midnight on the hallowed shore
Of sands swept to the ocean floor.
Beneath a thick and foggy mist
Of darkest death Sweet Night hath kissed.
Amidst the shadow of a spire,
That once burned of brilliance and fire.
But dimmed and void of all light shone,
Now would guard none from Hymen's groan.

A wail of anguish through each night
Of misappropriated plight,
Searching an endless tomorrow,
Cries the ghost of Timeless Sorrow.
A man who held his lifelong dream
In a lover's eyes, once agleam.
But by temptation fell to shame,
Giving his lust before his name.

There, by the glint gone from her eye,
By a sad and silent goodbye,
He cast his life unto the sea
Upon a ship named Misery.
That once again true love might smile
In purest white along that aisle.
Eyes set upon a brighter face,
Than his, who by love, brought disgrace.

Only in hopes would come a day
Her memory might slip away.
But stormy skies held him steadfast
Anchored, somehow, to dismayed past.
Every wind upon the ocean
Breathing fire from her emotion.
Every wave, a crashing token
Of the promise he had broken.

Every spatter of fallen rain
An ikon of tears spent in vain.
Every glimpse of lightning torn skies,
Quickening to the heart and the eyes.
As if, like love, a blinding tease
That only leads to darker seas.
As if by passion, lured on,
By her very essence, hope drawn.

And so from seasons regretting,
From years spent, never forgetting,
By calmer skies, by gentler foam,
The Misery guided him home.
Per chance to look upon her eyes.
To see her love, see her surprise.
By the slim chance she might forgive,
That, somehow, again he might live.

Wherein by landfall come to sight
Beneath glimmering lighthouse light,
A marble cross facing the sea
That called to him of sheer beauty.
But closer inspection thereof
Brought words to wrench his heart of love.
"Forever longing, here lies she
Who lost her love to Misery."

Awakened to his sin of pride
Upon her grave there, too, he died.
The lighthouse above, falling dark,
As if, somehow, his grave to mark.
For the raging tides of the sea
Carried him back to Misery,
To search eternally the morrow
For her soul in Timeless Sorrow.


Michael Anderson



[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 07-10-2000).]
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Christopher
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1 posted 07-10-2000 03:54 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Mike, once again you've struck me speechless. For struck me this did indeed. It nailed me to my chair, with my jaw a-hang. The depth of pain and sorrow in this tale bereaves me as it does the subject. In may ways I identify, but at the end, I was this man.

Wow. This is it Mike. I bow to you in respect.

Chris
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2 posted 07-10-2000 04:39 AM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Michael your Timeless sorrow is a timeless piece of poetry
Very well written and expressed
I to bow down to you, your poetry is "A" one
Luv Tracie~


Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

Dark Angel
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3 posted 07-10-2000 06:38 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

WOW!! Michael, this has left me speechless.
It is beautiful!  

Yes, I am here, but I am dead, not alive,
my body goes on, my spirit has died
and I though alive, feel dead inside.

"Rose Petal"
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4 posted 07-10-2000 09:08 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

This is stunning. It is a work of art, something you should be very proud of.

Kathleen
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5 posted 07-10-2000 11:02 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

A wail of anguish through each night
Of misappropriated plight,
Searching an endless tomorrow,
Cries the ghost of Timeless Sorrow.
A man who held his lifelong dream
In a lover's eyes, once agleam.
But by temptation fell to shame,
Giving his lust before his name.

There, by the glint gone from her eye,
By a sad and silent goodbye,
He cast his life unto the sea
Upon a ship named Misery.
That once again true love might smile
In purest white along that aisle.
Eyes set upon a brighter face,
Than his, who by love, brought disgrace.

Only in hopes would come a day
Her memory might slip away.
But stormy skies held him steadfast
Anchored, somehow, to dismayed past.
Every wind upon the ocean
Breathing fire from her emotion.
Every wave, a crashing token
Of the promise he had broken.
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only you could of written this..LIKE this...
stunning, sheer perfection
sorrow defined in rhyme
awesome ...yes, you are  
later-M,-gator
jm
jm

I think I could need - this in my life
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
there's a little bit of something me
In everything in you
MB20
Sudhir Iyer
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6 posted 07-10-2000 03:28 PM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Stupendous, most amazing piece of work... the profoundity of this is remarkable, but then I should expect nothing less than perfect coming from you Michael....

WOW, it might take me a lifetime to write something even sparingly near to this in quality... and you do it so effortlessly...

I am delighted to have read this one.

regards, sudhir

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee,
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

- John Donne
Not A Poet
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7 posted 07-10-2000 03:56 PM       View Profile for Not A Poet   Email Not A Poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Not A Poet's Home Page   View IP for Not A Poet

Excellent poem, Michael.

Thanks,
Pete


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Poet deVine
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8 posted 07-10-2000 07:56 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

My friend, this is so far superior to my poems, I'd gladly give up any space I may have garnered in the book to allow ONE more of yours. Magnificent.  
Michael
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9 posted 07-11-2000 11:11 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Thanks guys - this one will always have a sentimental value to me I think...

Especially glad you liked it so much, Chris.  In many ways I know you've "been there".  

And PdV, as you inspired this piece via one fantastic challenge, your compliment means the world to me.  TY


Michael
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10 posted 07-11-2000 12:08 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

"Every wind upon the ocean
Breathing fire from her emotion.
Every wave, a crashing token
Of the promise he had broken ..."


Wow.  And wow.  This read like an epic -- for some reason it brought "The Highwayman" to mind ...

You are the consummate storyteller when you put your mind to it, Michael ... the most perfect rhyme and meter could not hope to match the emotion you have woven into this one.  You won't find me bowing, mind you, but you have my respect nonetheless ...  

Love you

--Me


YOUR LIFE IS A TEST

It is only a test ...

If this were your Actual Life, you would have been given better instructions!

ESP
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11 posted 07-11-2000 12:45 PM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

WOW!!!

Hugs,
Lizzie


"Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."
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12 posted 07-13-2000 11:27 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Michael,

I have seen both sides of your work and I must say that there is no side that you don't express with absolute perfection. I don't know how you do it, but please, keep 'em coming
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13 posted 07-13-2000 12:41 PM       View Profile for AVANTI   Email AVANTI   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for AVANTI

amazing poem...
and well written

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

Susan Caldwell
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14 posted 04-28-2004 12:01 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell



Clearly, this needs to be seen by pips next generation..

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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15 posted 08-25-2004 11:41 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I am glad to see you floating about the halls again, and wanted to refresh my reading of your work.  I am thrilled I started with this one.  I wish we could bump things into 2004, or request a re-post from you on occasion of your great work.  I think I read it all on the main site now, so here I am in the archives Thank you for this treat.
 
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