Beside the pond ⁓ (wistful)

Beside the pond ⁓ (wistful)

A Poem by Richard
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Free Verse

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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 the treetops,

          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 the coming truth

          as Autumn's leaves

          began falling

          like tears ~

          washing around

          my feet.




                  Richard W. Jenkins

                         ©2015





1st Place

"Poetry About Loss Contest"



© 2017 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.

Posted 1 Year Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Great Aunt Astri

7 Months Ago

YES HE WAS!!!!!!!!
Mr.Writer

7 Months Ago

Umm... ok?!
J. J.  Nightingale

7 Months Ago

Tetchy ???????????



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This is a well-written piece. I've written many poems while sitting on a park bench, looking at the pond, the ducks and geese, often in the morning when it's nice and quiet, and few people around. In fact, the name of that collection was Park Bench Poetry. This poem reminded me of that. Free Verse is something I really need to practice.

The line that puzzled me for a moment was:
"it touched mine with your cheek,"
I thought, "Touched your what?"
OH, cheek! haha




Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

3 Months Ago

That sounds nice, Karen … I'd like to read the sometime.
When you practice, remember, the h.. read more
Early sun ...
vibrant in its warm flush
of golden welcome
came cascading down
from the treetops,
embracing grass,
gifting colors vividly alive,
lifting flowers' faces …
with their honey-pollened smiles
wow!!such a brilliant poem sir...reading this really feels like i'm sitting beside the pond, appreciating the beautiful nature and the simplicity of life. The above lines are my favorite.
But then I could sense the longing and sadness which brings me to tears...this is beautiful

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Dear LC,
For gifting me your most wonderfully lovely and gratifying words in revie.. read more
L.C. Jarrette

3 Months Ago

it's my pleasure to read your wonderful poems sir. i am still reading some of your poems...:)
.. read more
Richard

3 Months Ago

Ohhh, I am so honored, LC,
Please, review them for me, too, if you'd like … I'd enjoy that... read more
Gosh Richard. I only just came upon this. I was thinking, hmm this is good, and 'that's SO apt, etc etc and then I saw it had won a prize. Beautifully written.

Regards
Nigel

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

4 Months Ago

Thank you, Nigel,
Your expressed words of praise and keen reflection on this rather gently sa.. read more
Wow this is so beautiful. I could even sense the air, and breeze and it reminded me of the pond we used to have in my old neighborhood as a kid. Imagery is great!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Maria

5 Months Ago

Thank you once again, and I can see that you truly have a very good, practice in writing.
Richard

5 Months Ago

Yours sure is pulling me to them, too, Maria.
I'll be by soon! 🎶
Maria

5 Months Ago

Why thank you, I always appreciate a good input and or advice. :)
Beautiful writing Richard, a wonderful celbration of life and of the wonder of the present moment; I once heard it said (I forget where) "All that is is in the now" I particularly liked the concluding section beginning "It is said..." as Autumn is so very special for me, great writing

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

5 Months Ago

Thank you, George,
Most of my readers are our wonderful ladies, but I, also, gratefully appre.. read more
George Coombs

5 Months Ago

Thankyou richard, I'm glad you found my review helpful
Richard

5 Months Ago

You are very welcome, George … be safe and well, my friend. : )
WOW! This is amazing, Richard. Such vivid imagery that's so beautifully written!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

5 Months Ago

Thank you warmly, Tiana,
The effulgence of your words sweep through me as softly as a whisper.. read more
THIS IS AWESOME! I love everything about this piece RJ! It's imagery beginning and end. The heartfelt message it sends!! My heart wrenched and tears welled into my eyes. Knowing loss it struck a cord with me. The flow was perfect and it was like I was watching it in my mind. A beautiful tribute this piece is or could be.
I write truth in my poetry not all do. But if this is true big hugs to you! If not well done capturing true emotions!
Well penned! Beautifully expressed! AMAZING!
Tabby


Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

Ya know, Tabby?
When a poetess who knows how to express herself so well comes along and bless.. read more
Tabby Mac

6 Months Ago

You are most welcome! I'm flattered by your words! Im suppose to be encouraging you!
Encoura.. read more
Richard

6 Months Ago

'Twould appear we're harmonious in truly wondrous ways ~*~ your heart sings sweetly, too … warmest.. read more
I think I like you best..in free verse.. lol
Not fettered by form.. don't you know?
You had me by the heart, from the very start..
As dear Emma wrote, we see a different side of you.

Wonderful..Soft, Sincere....Loving...

Jazz..

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

7 Months Ago

Thank you, Jasmine, genuinely and sincerely!
When a lady reads and positively expresses her f.. read more
J. J.  Nightingale

7 Months Ago

You are most welcome Richard...... Jazz..
Beautiful......very emotive, delightfully expressed, yet so sad, your work is extremely powerful - my heart constricted and it made me want to cry - love it :)

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

7 Months Ago

Thank you ever-so joyfully, Dear Lady-Poet!
Your words of praise, keen-minded commentary, and.. read more
' 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 '

Richard, whilst I've read if not reviewed most of your poems, hand on heart, i think this Free Verse is YOU, the Man. I've choked with tears, reading it twice.. found such golden moments wrapped in your phrasing, ' . it hung for a while - in the morning air, - a fragrant marker - along a trail of yesterdays,'

You've shown such love for a love that is still with you, surely; your words lay tightly bonded, sincere, finely striking a balance of poetry with style. Truly beautiful.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

7 Months Ago

Thank you ever so warmly, Em! : )
emmajoy

7 Months Ago

Just re.read my review, there were so many typos, think i was still recovering.. 'apologise profusel.. read more
Richard

7 Months Ago

Both ways were and are beautiful, Em … sincere thanks for the special care. 🌼

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