Beside the pond ⁓ (wistful)

Beside the pond ⁓ (wistful)

A Poem by Richard
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      Beside the pond ~


          Alone,

          I sat beside the pond

          this morning.


          Early sun ...

          vibrant in its warm flush

          of golden welcome

          came cascading down

          from treetops' glow,

          embracing grass,

          gifting colors vividly alive,

          lifting flowers' faces …

          with their honey-pollened smiles.


          I was amazed

          at how the breeze knew

          I missed you

          or was even thinking of you,

          but I’d swear

          it touched mine with your cheek,

          slid a wisp of your locks

          across my shoulder,

          and became the sweetness

          of your breath.

 

          Olive oil and rose bouquet ...


          ... it hung for awhile

          in the morning air,

          a fragrant marker

          along a trail of yesterdays,

          leading to You ...

          places of dreams and hope,

          of love and laughter

          and impossible possibilities.

 

          I almost started to believe

          I’d turn my head ~

          and you’d be there.


          Each year

          has come and gone …

          You, like fertile mana

          ever glowing, growing

          in my heart.


          It’s said all things end,

          and walking back to the house,

          I sensed that coming truth

          as Autumn's leaves

          began falling

          like tears ~

          washing around

          my feet.




                  Richard W. Jenkins

                         ©2015





1st Place

"Poetry About Loss Contest"



© 2018 Richard



Author's Note

Richard
Picture is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Constructive criticism is always welcomed and appreciated. : )

I was asked to post a Free Verse for a change; so, here one is … hope you enjoy.

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I loved the gentle imagery that you created, that ended with a poignancy indicated by the falling leaves.
Although not normally a writer ( or lover) of free verse, I felt that this worked particularly well. You may have helped to change my inhibited views. Thank you.

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So very lovely... it reads as 'an ethereal world created through poetic imagination'. Every word, so thoughtful, light, delicate.. rising and falling, When our senses are stimulated, the memories are so real, so tempting to believe. Our minds and bodies are as conduits, ever keeping those we love close. Your writings always touch my heart...thank you for sharing.

Soft smiles for you...
Ahnjolie

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Month Ago

Good morning, Dear Ahnjolie : )
You are not only an exemplary poetess, your eloquent reviews .. read more
Ahnjolie McKenna

1 Month Ago

Your words are always a pleasure to me, love...
Warm hugs to you... Ahnjolie
Richard

1 Month Ago

Resplendent*
Wow, very nicely written. Love the imagery I got when reading this.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Month Ago

Thanks, Miss Mee,
For reading me, for your lovely compliment, and for finding favor in one of.. read more
....,,

1 Month Ago

not a problem, you're very kind
Richard

1 Month Ago

Cute avatar. ; )
"like tears ~
washing around
my feet."
Exquisite ending, Richard! And an equally ethereal poem. I've always admired your skills to create imagery out of nowhere and your lovely phrasings! Reading your pieces after a long time but thoroughly enjoyed this one. :)

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

2 Months Ago

Yes, "Dr." Yumna, ; )
I have been following your poetry and marveling at the progress you've .. read more
Heavenly reminders of golden images. Written in the mind's eye.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

2 Months Ago

Thanks for reading and commenting, Dee.
Whitman changed the way poetry was both read and believed..But it was Shelly, who, writing in his famous treatise "A defense of Poetry", posits that "the mind in creation is a fading coal which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness..Love poems are so gracious in their understanding that there exists this "transitory brightness" that assuages our fears about times merciless march to unhappiness. This poem allows us to wallow, if only briefly, in the celebration that dreams are, in fact, "impossible possibilities"/ great poem my friend./ dana

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

2 Months Ago

Oh-MY, Dana! 🌺
I have so missed your caressing voice and warm touch upon my pages … the .. read more
Wow! If I were blind and you read this to ,me I swear the breathtaking imagery would be all I would need to 'see' it. Awesome

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

2 Months Ago

Just left of the up and down thumbs beneath your review, the question is asked, "Did you find this r.. read more
On the banks of Avon I too have dreamt and thought of 'impossible possibilities' when mind and body were in sinc and dreamers dream till brightest moon overpowered the sky and one begins to wonder,'Why?' Beautiful imagery. The scene you have chosen reflects a dreamy spot where this reader often sat. Thanks for the memory.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Kitty,
For drifting over to share a lovely stroll down lovers' memory lane.
.. read more
Soft and endearing words Richard, and how often something so simple can reach into our hearts and bring tears....

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Dear Stella,
for feeling my poignant heart.

Hugs to you, Lady-Poet!.. read more
Stella Armour

3 Months Ago

I love gentle poetry :)
Richard

3 Months Ago

I perceive why You would, Stella. : )
The photograph is wonderful and you have done it great justice with your talented write. You have created a scene of such gentle beauty and evoked the senses. I particularly liked the fragrances you introduced wafting in like a breeze through your lines. Your final stanza is so true. All things end, all things pass. This is a lovely piece of writing. Thank you.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

5 Months Ago

Lady Christine,
To receive such accolades and appreciation from a poetess of your high note i.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

It is a great pleasure to read you Richard. Thank you.
well deserved first place...
your endings are clinchers and wrenching
i see your discipline
but not sure i can copy that

your one word beginning almost like a haiku which i am not found of but that takes an analitical mind

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

5 Months Ago

Thank you, Dear Marilyn,
Your appreciation and praise truly bless a bard's little efforts and.. read more
marilyn 1225

5 Months Ago

oh no not your work i just do not care for haiku too brief and at times too contrived n.. read more

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