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 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.

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Mr.Writer

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year Ago

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



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WOW! This is amazing, Richard. Such vivid imagery that's so beautifully written!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

11 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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Thank you ever so warmly, Em! : )
emmajoy

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year Ago

Both ways were and are beautiful, Em … sincere thanks for the special care. 🌼
This is sheer poetry in motion... I don't know if i am that good to write a review for such an incredible work... I loved it . The words used are so sweet and poetic. It takes the reader to vivid imaginary land. Great write

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Dear Poet! : )
I am so very grateful you found this little piece , read it, and le.. read more
heartspeaks

1 Year Ago

pleasure is all mine
An absolute pleasure to read from start to finish. I felt like I was the one sitting by the pond the whole time. It pulled me in!
A wonderfully written free verse.

Paul


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Dear Paul, sincerely and gratefully*
I thought I saw you there that day, in the da.. read more
This is so unbelievably beautiful. You really captured the very essence of ones soul...even if they are gone. I have had a lot of loss in my life..and I know this feeling. Lilacs, the smell of lilacs and I am a child again with a very special woman in my life.this poem captures those feelings so perfectly..sigh, another one of your poems bringing me to tears from the memories it is invoking...it's a poem I want to hang on to...and just re read over and over again.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Susan  Capozzi

1 Year Ago

more....there is a comfort to this poem. that in a way, those we have lost are still ever present in.. read more
Richard

10 Months Ago

Gosh, Susan!
I completely missed your beautiful review. The site often does not notify me of .. read more
Susan  Capozzi

10 Months Ago

No worries Richard.. :-)
Beautiful. A amazing poem my friend.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Thank you ever-so gratefully, John!
Your praise is more than ample payment for my humble effo.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

You are welcome my friend.

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