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



Andrew Nelson Stewart Andrew Nelson Stewart
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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

6 Months Ago

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

6 Months Ago

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

6 Months Ago

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



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Again, I was drawn in by your words and sitting there by the pond I could actually smell the Olive Oil in the air. This poem is filled with love and a longing for someone that is no longer there with you which brings sadness within my heart.

It is so amazing to read words that reach in to touch the core of my being and brings reality to the moment. You are a very talented writer Richard and I find joy in reading your words.

I am feeling somewhat inspired to write as I journey through your pages. Thank you . Angel

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Every now and again one of humble renderings will light-up with sentiments that touch me in ways my .. read more
Good and vivid piece. I was transported to the pond.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Anima! : )
Welcome to the Café … I hope you'll enjoy yourselfhere
Here's.. read more
Yet again you leave me speechless! I love how you can feel the rhythm swaying you, and how it makes you feel so bitter sweet. It leaves me longing! The intensity at which he misses his lover grasps at your heart and gut. I wish I was able to leave a long, amazing, and poetic review like you did for me, but I'm not any good at these things! To me this poem is perfect, which I'm sure is not something that is interesting to hear, but hey, might as well tell you how wonderful this piece is!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Feeling one in nature with the one you lost, you capture that feeling very well here.

Elegant structure, gentle wording.

Well done.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Many thanks, Dear Philip!
Words from your appreciative, praising pen are the gratitude an ear.. read more
I find it very interesting, the comparison between your highly-structured writes & this one. I'm not necessarily a fan of free verse over structured, but I do like YOUR WRITING better when you are not focused on fitting your message into a particular intended package. The freedom that's shown in this poem is very much more alluring to me.

Some people appear to think free verse is an excuse to write jibberish that can't be interpreted linearly or literally. It gives free verse a bad name, I think. What I like about your free verse is that you still adhere to the good sense of communicating with clarity & artistry, as well as weaving in the usual poetic flare that shows us you crafted this (rather than spewing, as some free verse seems to me!)

Anyhow, this is so sweetly seductive, any woman would be wanting to believe it was written with her in mind. As you know, I'm a big fan of using descriptions of nature as appealing metaphors. This is one of my favorites of yours, that I've read so far.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Hi, Margie!
How wonderful it is to please you with my humble efforts, Dear Friend.
The.. read more
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

6 Months Ago

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

6 Months Ago

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

6 Months Ago

Tetchy ???????????
Like this. I was there. Very beautiful. "Golden welcome" captured me. Soothing.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Hi, Pete!
Thank you most gratefully for drifting-in for a peek at this one, My Friend — it.. read more
The imagery is just beautiful. I really liked it. Send me some RR's!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Thank you, My Friend,, for the kind, encouraging words of praise and appreciation for this softly po.. read more
This literally took my breath away.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Richard

1 Year Ago

Hi, Dear Jessi.
Your words sweep all through me … how lovely and welcome they truly are.read more
This was beautiful! I found myself along with you by the pond. For me, there is something so beautiful about being in nature, as it connects us with the spirit inside us, as well as the connectedness we all share. It's like when we are quiet there, observing and absorbing all the beauty, we can touch that which is unseen. I sensed grief here, or a love lost, either way I felt how spiritual the moment was.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jennesis

1 Year Ago

Happy new year Richard. I read the poem again as I read your comment and was absorbed yet again. Ma.. read more
Richard

1 Year Ago

Such sweet sentiments you gift me, Jenn, the inspiration and feelings embrace me to compose them int.. read more
Richard

1 Year Ago

Jenn,
Your new profile picture, by-the-way, delights me … thanks! : )

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