One Final Poem For You, Dear Readers:
A Trance Of Love Is Beauty
What seems so very simple
is not so what it seems;
To complicate the matter
our lives are full of dreams.
Enthralling tours of wonder
cause feelings strong to grow;
Illusions cast long shadows
on paths which lead to woe.
The world is always lovely
so longs the heart at night;
Within the dream is shining
though distant is the light.
Hot passions tend to smolder
for those who hold them dear;
Longing will always linger
so hearts do slowly tear.
Murals seen imbued within
in love so strong the zeal;
Such scenes painted so deeply
dread time will seek to steal.
Desire's fruit sweet ripens
love's nectar to be found;
But dead to earth it's falling
and makes no thoughtful sound.
To taste the fruit of Eros
resolve with joy it flies;
Cold doubt blunts the purpose
with winter's breath it dies.
When two lovers are loving
then souls they can be free;
Stormy minds tend to becloud
sure paths one once could see.
Love songs play a melody
sublime heard in a dream;
Though softly sure it whispers
foreign can seem its theme.
A trance of love is beauty
and stunning in its hue;
Always an angst in moments
when taken out of view.
Places for peaceful knowing
keep true the soul at peace;
Paths fade in somber travels
so lost souls tend to cease.
So the quest for loves reward
pursued throughout all time;
No matter words not knowing
'tis found within the rhyme.
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Should doubt high drift over my love for thee
grey gloomy cloud, disconsolate, strong reign
bleak darkened frown, portend deep misery,
hide hearts resolve, beneath shadowed disdain.
Should you feel, sudden cold breath of gloom,
spate of fear, black scourge upon painted leaf,
quick cruelly fade love, grim in abject doom,
swift eclipse hopes hue, behind shaded grief.
And would unshakable faith, far be blown,
fiercely shook from loose grasp, once so near
wither sweet loves blossom, thus loss bemoan
newly dead splendor, once honored then hear:
Eternally damned shall I rove and cry
Tormented ever to seek how and why.
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Revise Your Poetry!
The first completed draft of your poem is only the beginning. Poets often go through several drafts of a poem before considering the work “done.”
Put your poem away for a few days, and then come back to it. When you re-read it, does anything seem confusing? Hard to follow? Do you see anything that needs improvement that you overlooked the first time?
Often, when you are in the act of writing, you may leave out important details because you are so familiar with the topic. Re-reading a poem helps you to see it from the “outsider’s perspective” of a reader.
Show your poem to others and ask for criticism. Don’t be content with a response like, “That’s a nice poem.” You won’t learn anything from that kind of response. Instead, find people who will tell you specific things you need to improve in your poem.
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How is originality fostered?
1. By personal difficulties, particularly in childhood, that have been worked through. Analyse and meet these difficulties.
2. By unswerving self-honesty. Ask yourself: is this what you really hoped to write? Could you not dig deeper into the wellsprings of the poem?
3. By starting afresh, expanding your repertoire with new techniques and new themes.
4. By pacing yourselves, drawing up timetables of writing that extend and build on previous accomplishments.
5. By working in related fields: writing novels, short-stories, articles: particularly where these unlock new perspectives and energies.
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Vocabularies not only reflect interests and fashions, but must be broadly effective in a contemporary setting.
1. That is the argument against poeticisms and out-of date words like thee, ’tis, maiden.
2. Words never possess wholly transparent meanings, but in the more affective poetry their latent associations, multiple meanings, textural suggestions and rhythmic power are naturally given freer rein.
3. The touchstone is always the intended audience. “Word too familiar, or too remote, defeat the purpose of a poet,” said Johnson, and that observation remains true, as much for traditionalists writing inside a poetic tradition as for others trying to kindle poetry out of naked experience.
4. Place your poems alongside others in magazines or anthologies in which you’d like to be included. If they don’t fit, one reason may be your word choice.
5. Perform your poems in workshops and readings. Pay attention to the reception and to comments afterwards.
6. If in doubt, err on the side of everyday usage, even if it means spoiling the odd line.
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hotly blinding your tearful gaze
this solemn haunting eulogy plays
deep in your heart staunchly stays
echoing empty in the soul it plays
circles lonely at my feet and bays
it shadows darker more dreary days
corrodes the mind in so many ways
rots the soul until my hope decays
you terribly trap me within a maze
a simple stroke of pen makes right
forever casts cruel hatreds might
so into depths from which it came
then only dreams and smiles remain
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