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Last Night with Dickens

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0 posted 01-12-2002 09:36 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Last Night With Dickens

You know how it is, when open to deep thought
Especially reading of life’s tragedies brought
To forefront by authors now long dead and gone
You wonder, ponder, what pushed them on.

And it was

By candlelight, with quill pen, writers thus wrote
Sheaves of papers scattered, did all first thoughts emote
The exact phrase and line, or were rewrites given?
Ah to be taken back and see them all living.


‘Twas “Charles” I’d been reading, copyright ’62
A young lady wrote there all that she knew
Of Dickens life, as if by his side was she,
In life’s moment of magic, drawn in to see

(Oh how it was)

That Dickie’s life was platted while he was so young
Even as a child, perceived how things had begun
Long before an age to have experienced bloom,
Serious life’s forces by which he was entombed.

Fascinated, I saw

As his wife, dear Kate, closed her intellect’s door
While adept sister, Mary, loved Charlie even more,
He kept them both close, their spirits he adored
While he composed, bewitched, … and wrote even more.

I watched as

During the worthy times, pending destitute days
He always had something profound to say
So say he did, quill quivering, writing furiously now
His words a panacea as he mopped sweat from his brow.

Quiet desperation, love,

When his Mary died, his suffering became despair
And I felt heartsick for him, ’tho bigotry he had dared
In front of his wife, beautiful, sweet, solemn Kate,
Two so needed in his life, bigotry a welcome mate.

And then,

Last night Charlie came, he beckoned unto me
There in my reverie, I dreamt I could see
His frock coat so, his broadcloth purely white
He said, “So, I understand your desire is to write.”

Thus, I replied,

“Yes, sir, your talented ways, those I have not,
All I have before me, is all that I have got
While it will not change the world as you had once done,
I’ll give my doubtful talent some room to play and run.”

Said Charlie, so kind,

“Well, keep writing, do a slap-up job” then Charlie, with a nod,
Flowed from my dreams, first blurred, then softly bobbed
Gently faded out of sight, gone, but never out of mind
His true life’s story touched deeply, solemnly sublime.

The epilogue:

With apologies to Charlie, and to all of you
My thanks, and prayers, that none of you may rue
The day I came to visit, for with you here, shall share
My dreams, hopes, visions, all expression that I dare.

29 August 1999
revised 12 January 2002

© Copyright 2002 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 01-12-2002 10:02 PM       View Profile for Silver Streak   Email Silver Streak   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Silver Streak's Home Page   View IP for Silver Streak

How wonderful to read your thoughts about Dickens. When I was very young we studied some of his writing in school. That was over 50 years ago. And since I have been too busy working in Technology and lately, writing poetry and researching God and science on the internet to have taken the time to read much literature including poetry. Thanks for helping to attain a little better pespective.

Sharing God's Love through

Copyright: 2002 Newell Elsworth Usher

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2 posted 01-12-2002 10:03 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Karilea, I don't think we could ever rue the days you share your musings with us...

God bless America, my home sweet home.

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3 posted 01-12-2002 10:17 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

It beats the dickens out of me how you could write such a wonderful piece.....but you have  

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (01-12-2002 11:19 PM).]

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4 posted 01-12-2002 10:27 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Karilea, this is a magnificent piece of work!
A complete masterpiece, and I sit in awe of your writing.  What a wonderful read on a cold winter's eve, with a cup of hot chocolate.  
~Hugs, Nancy~

~Time has cast a spell on you,
  So you won't ever forget me~

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5 posted 01-12-2002 11:17 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel

(smiles) Oooohhhhhhh...this is soooooo beautiful, sweet friend, I too have read a few of his masterpieces like "Hard Times" and "A Tale Of Two Cities", they're fabulous! (big hugggssssss) I found the title to be amusing too, I love it!!! (kiss on cheek) We all love you so much, sweet friend, you always inspire the Dickens out of us all! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Karilea, thank you for sharing!

May love and light always shine upon you!

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6 posted 01-12-2002 11:22 PM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus far as I am concerned...I think
you are right there...and he would be very
proud to call you a poet...For...I know I am.
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7 posted 01-13-2002 11:46 AM       View Profile for strbbux   Email strbbux   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for strbbux

Sunshine what a wonderful way to spend a night. I love how you did this with Dickens. floria
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8 posted 01-13-2002 11:58 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Balladeer beat me the ultimate Dickensian punchline! A very interesting perspective on this famous writer. To tell you the truth though, I'd much rather read your Sunshine poetry, than anything Dickens wrote.

[This message has been edited by Midnitesun (01-13-2002 11:58 AM).]

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9 posted 01-13-2002 12:00 PM       View Profile for sodpossom   Email sodpossom   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sodpossom

Very interesting write,I remember that feller from school.Nice job!
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10 posted 02-22-2006 11:07 PM       View Profile for The Lady   Email The Lady   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for The Lady

What a wonderful piece of work Sunshine! I enjoyed every word of it.
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