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The Customary Way

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Skyfyre
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0 posted 06-02-2000 02:54 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

I walk in quiet contemplation, lone but for the sound
Of steps that whisper trepidation on uncertain ground
The path they tread is lush and sweet, such unfamiliar scene
How shall I tempt these graveled feet to trust the tender green?

Might these, so cautiously attired in calloused cloth of doubt,
Become by breath of hope inspired to dare a step without
Such bitter finery as this?  Does habit so compel
The way that it should turn from bliss to carve a course in Hell?

By Fate's malignance cruelly shod, and made to suffer long,
But must the steps unending plod their way to sorrow's song?
Might not a brighter ballad steal the breath from torment's horn,
And with resounding voice reveal a rapture newly-born?

What joy by jeweled blooms assured, that hail the gentle morn!
And yet, a curse so long endured is not so soon forsworn --
While logic's voice would surely deem salvation here revealed,
These leery feet can only dream the dance in flowered field.



 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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1 posted 06-02-2000 03:34 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Geesh..I wish I could write like this! Excellent as usual. Its been too long since I've read any of your work.

 Nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love. Who can predict his comings and goings? "Thoreau"


Martie
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2 posted 06-02-2000 03:40 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wow!  Wonderful writing!
Poet deVine
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3 posted 06-02-2000 04:39 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

You have never disappointed me in your writing, my dear. This is perfection.... you are a poet in every sense of the word.  You should submit your work!!!  
Mike
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4 posted 06-03-2000 09:46 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Excellent poetry.
Corinne
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5 posted 06-03-2000 10:11 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Yes, I agree, been too long since we've seen your work.

Wonderful, complex and haunting piece.

Corinne
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publish this!

fine work!
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7 posted 06-03-2000 10:27 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

Kess~
You write compelling poetry ...
compelling to be read ...
compelling the enjoyment.

Enjoyed your step onto the 'tender green'
hope the 'dance in flowered field' is the waltz of your dreams.
~*Marge*~


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Michael
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8 posted 06-03-2000 01:22 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

I understand walking with trepidation, especially in such an unfamiliar realm of emotion.  I understand doubt and uncertainty equally as well.  

You're writing always intrigues me not just in the perfection of form but by the depth of emotion that flows in every line.  This is a remarkable piece, dear.  I have read it over a few times, now, and am compelled to read it yet again.

It is o.k. to dream, though, especially if given the chance to "dream awake".  Such chances are few and far between.  


Michael
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