A new year ~ to spend loving You (longing)

A new year ~ to spend loving You (longing)

A Poem by Richard

Free Style: No set syllable-count per line, with intermittent rhymes throughout. I warn you, "it's long", but the heart and pen must have their say.


  A new year ~ to spend loving You


How sad it must be

for the cattails and pond,

when lovers who once strolled

are longingly gone;

when chill takes a’hold

on hot Summer nights,

haunting the places

they've loved-in

so long.

A memory caught

of moments e'er free ...

moonlit owls

soar quietly across

the heaven's dark night;

into stardust streams

woven like braids,

ever so tight.

By fortune they met,

tho' love drew them near ...

soft dove to nurse

with the lion.

The willow unfolds

her branches of gold,

while wishes

like ribbons

wove through her hair.

Another year's passed,

each season has gone,

feeling their lives

drifting away;

and, tho' once they were here,

so amazing (I know);

now it's harder

retracing their ways,

to bear loss of

soft words they spoke

deepest in care,

to recall the warmth

of soft, tender breath ...

and yes,

the night's much darker

these days.

Clouds now drift on by,

birds winging high,

they never

come down anymore,

to rest on a shoulder ...

sing gentle songs.



oh, how I miss now

thy sweet soothing voice

and apple green eyes.

Mental photographs,

scenes fade slowly, alas;

yet, my soul's deep memory

(it won't forget)

love's endearing,

fulfilling repast.

As the new year appears

new seasons come, too...

as with all our years

there comes a new vision,

a ne'er forgot portrait

of me wrapped-up,

inside of You ~

The pond and the willows,

tall cattails a'sway

longingly beckon,

"Come stroll me,

come share me your dreams."

Once again...

it's "A new year,

to spend loving You ~"

and my heart,

it trades its dark chills

for joy from your charms,

for the infinitely bright,


warmth of your arms.


                    Richard W. Jenkins


© 2017 Richard

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Author's Note

Critical reviews are always welcome and appreciated. : )

I know … it's long, but when a pen's in the moment, it just seems to write on its own.

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'Soft dove coming to nurse with the lion'. What a beautiful image. Such tenderness and vulnerability here, and courage need for both. The flow of warm / cold, winter and summer gently rocks the reader. Natures loneliness personified is fantastic. Oh how I would love to stroll along the pond here.

Posted 2 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


2 Years Ago

Gosh, Jenn!
I must have really been a good boy to receive so many of your wonderful reviews, .. read more

2 Years Ago

Richard!! Oh my goodness, how your path has mirrored mine. As I approached my 40th birthday, I as d.. read more

2 Years Ago

Sharing with you, Jenn, is a wonderfully enlightened and growing blessing of joy, bonding, easy and .. read more


I think this is my favorite poem by you. I mean it was so eloquently worded and just sparked so much creativity. I got so caught up in the poem that i actually got lost in the words- as in i started mispronouncing words and skipping over them. It sounded like something somebody like Shakespere would write :).

Amazing job, Richard. Brought tears to my eyes. :)

Posted 10 Months Ago

Richard - we had a pond we shared on warm Spring evenings. Early enough to see the first stars blink into being. Holding each other as the lightning bugs flitted about waiting for the moon to rise. I hold her now as I held her then, but the pond is long gone. The pictures you conjure are so real, you touch the ones engraved in my memory. Thank you Richard.
Take care - Dave

Posted 10 Months Ago

Hopeful and wonderful words shared. I enjoyed this poem my friend. Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.

Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


1 Year Ago

Thank you kindly, John,
It is a distinct pleasure to write and share my humble poetic efforts.. read more
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11 Months Ago

You are welcome Richard.
Nothing from you can ever be “too long” Sir. This is a very professional grouping of words that is filled with deep emotions allowing them to overflow into the reader. A beautiful well writ piece of poetry. Your Angel

Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


1 Year Ago

Thank you, Dear Angel,
Your words are a soft alluring poem of welcome inspiration and gratify.. read more

1 Year Ago

You are welcome Sir and you can never be too long - i look forward to the words and passion that you.. read more
Causes a body to pause, and be thankful for those special loving days..along those shared paths... this work touches places of the heart body and soul.... simply lovely..........


Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


1 Year Ago

Thank you, Jasmine, ever-so warmly and gratefully for reading this lengthy piece, and for leaving su.. read more
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1 Year Ago

You are welcome Kind Sir.... and thanks for the warm thoughts....................... Jazzy
Im a bog fan of the long verse... enjoyable read...

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


2 Years Ago

Thanks, Tomás!
I certainly appreciate that you selected this piece to read and comment on, a.. read more
Your imagery is incredible. Looking through your poems, I can see that you have a profound gift for observing life and placing it delicately onto a page in all its glory. I really enjoyed this. Wonderful job!

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


2 Years Ago

Thank you, Gabrielle, ever-so warmly.

That you've taken your moments to browse throug.. read more
It is long but that was a strong element. If a reader has no focus or genuine interest, why try to entice them with brevity when this winds like the ghosts of the vanished couple walking around the pond.
With the one possible exception of the last stanza. It is iterating sentiments previously stated but so does the stanza right before it. That, in turn, overplays the echo effect. And the penultimate stanza is a perfect ending anyway.

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


2 Years Ago

Thank you, Dear Lady-Poet!
How encouraging and gratifying your words are to this humble bard .. read more
I had a.long...Maybe too long message here for you, and then I lost it somehow, but let me hit the highlights.

Personal favorite of yours. Love the loose rhyme structure to free verse and the emotional transition of this. You build in good background scenery, made me think of the homeplace, and insert your five that tamed the lion. Three imagery sits both, somehow.

Place to look at is the fourth line. It feels too abruts. Almost like a complete jarring stop. After looking adding an adverb before "gone" or evening up the strophe and aging a line before it may help. The dramatic pause interrupted the thought enough that it jolted my brain. That days, I think overall this is almost perfect

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


2 Years Ago

Only two writers I know that possibly have correct sonnets, and definitely a love of metered verse a.. read more

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Jan … will do!

2 Years Ago

Precise in iambic pentameter, word choice, rhyme, and flow, Jan … a beautiful example of the Engli.. read more
A very soft and loving work of your undying love and a future together. I enjoyed this lovely read from beginning to end. To give a critical review, my skills would need to be far superior to what they are. It's hard to be critical of work this well done.

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


2 Years Ago

Hi, Willard!
What a wonderful take on this piece, My Friend … few can interpret my meanderi.. read more

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