LIFE'S SONG ⁓ (fear neither life nor death)

LIFE'S SONG ⁓ (fear neither life nor death)

A Poem by Richard
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English Sonnet

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LIFE’S SONG

Beneath grayed cloak the evergreens reach high
to drink from air,  their needles weighted full.
Limbs supple, softer than an unborn sigh,
subdued in mist, give way to Nature’s pull.
At night, soft whispers you may nigh hear of … 
o' do not fear and turn to run from such;
for, only ‘tis the kiss of winds above
in chilling flight … upon life’s lips, its touch.
Amidst those mists and shadows lies a shrine
of vine-made arbors … gravestones for the dead.
An angel stands its guard, by Death’s design,
that peaceful comfort wroughts when life has fled.
Should thee soar high, between that angel’s wings,
hold tight with faith;
then, hear the song life sings.


Richard W. Jenkins
©2016




1st Place

FanStory Sonnet Contest


© 2018 Richard



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I like everything about this piece, from the word choice, to its softness, and quiet understanding of the interplay of nature, life, and death -- the earthly and the spiritual -- it is so warm and comforting, something I would hope to achieve within the context of a sonnet.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard

2 Years Ago

KL,
I can reasonably expect your poetic potential to one day eclipse the skill it took to com.. read more
Richard

2 Years Ago

Thank you, KL.



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A perfect song that life sings, indeed! I love the contrast of life and death in this, even though a little dark, still pleasing to the mind's eye. An absolutely beautiful ending too.
From the 'kiss of winds' to 'life's lips' all the way to 'Death's design' and ending on 'Life's song', there is everything in this piece to adore. And certainly a good lesson for me to understand Sonnet writing ;)
Lovely to read. :)

Posted 3 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Day Ago

Dr. YumnaKay,
Of all those who've come to review this one for me and leave their commentary, .. read more
oh wow! so beautiful and soft, enjoyed your words. like your talent

Posted 1 Week Ago


Oh wow, I really like the themes you touched on here. Life, death... and how we perceive it, except you wrote about it so romantically and sweetly. Such a joy to be reading your work again. :)

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


In life we have to face the inevitable - sombre, sinister feel brought home by your own great words. A reader can easily put themselves in the scene you have captured so well. Please keep sharing those searching words with your wide readership, dear Sir!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Masterfully written, and appropriately titled... 'Life's Song'. We are as God's instrument, born unto a composition that is uniquely our own. Those invited into our lives join us, with nature, in creating a crescendo...each movement a memory ingrained upon life itself, always present...never lost. Even whilst in the gentle fall of the decrescendo, we are embraced by the pulsing, soft melodic notes. And finally, death is but a rest in the piece of music defining our lives. It is not the end, it is but a pause. Our bodies, the instruments of God may be silent...but the music they have created shall be evermore. No need to fear death, nor the angelic guardians at Heaven's gate...for nothing is truly lost. Thank you for your most lovely work, Richard...
Soft smiles for you...
Ahnjolie

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

3 Months Ago

Breathless,
Ahnjolie, with great humility I sit before the moment's glowing caress of your vi.. read more
The emotions of your story, and the image dug deep into my soul. Your talent is so beautiful. Thank you so much for you imaginary of fantasy and warmth in your sonnet.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Richard

1 Month Ago

Judy,
I thank you sincerely and gratefully for sharing your feelings derived from reading thi.. read more
My kind of poetry... beautiful, beautiful.

I never understand why lovely poetry written perfectly in form does not get as much accolade as a lot of badly written free verse.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

5 Months Ago

My kind of reviewer … beautiful, beautiful. ; )

Oh, Stella,
That's easily ex.. read more
Stella Armour

5 Months Ago

Praise well deserved Richard, and a pleasure to read good poetry +(*_*)+
Richard

5 Months Ago

" B l u s h * "
Dear Richard,

As I read this beautiful poetry where you skilfully and lovingly thread Nature's magnificence, the ephemeral gift of life and the soft, restful oblivion of death in one thread, I cannot but also marvel at the depth and beauty of the message you imprint upon my spirit, that one must tarry, persevere in faith for brief is the song of life and it must be sung to its fullest before earning that well deserved rest. Brings to mind, my favorite verse from the Holy Bible:
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" - 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Bless you, dear poet!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

5 Months Ago

It is wonderful, M'Dear Lady Divya,
to have you select this particular piece to read and shar.. read more
DIVYA

5 Months Ago

Happiest hugs to you my friend. Its a priviledge and a pleasure to connect with you, learn from you .. read more
Richard

5 Months Ago

Mutually yours*
I don't know why I thought that I've reviewed this one before? I was surprised to see that I didn't.

I believe this one of Your most brilliant masterpieces, the language, the hidden messages, the mystic and awe mysterious feelings which haunt us deep, just perfect to Your subject, there are many poems about life and death, but I don't think I ever read a one as comprehensive as this one, with Your ever own deep wisdom and gentleness, the uniqueness of this poem stands high, someone who is going though hardships can read it, someone who is just living can read it, someone who is dying can read it, and someone who is wanting to end his life can read it too... all will find a certain comfort in it, what I like the most about Your ending that to me it was like You left the choice to the reader weather they want to end their life or not, BUT You showed both ways, that in each there is solace... even on the death bed, even in death, I don't like when people judge those who ended their lives, that they are going to be punished on hell or etc... I don't EVER believe in that, they wanted to end their pains, only their pains.

There is always pain, as there is always hope, there is always despair, as there is always faith, don't fear what life hides, just open Your heart and mind, and listen, feel... see what all around of wonderment there is, Nature, the ever prim wonderment is a haven for You, a green bud that is slowly growing, it grows even at night, in the darkness, it sings softly to You, the wondrous song of living, of surviving.

a true wondrous poem, from a true wondrous Syr Poet ✨

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

There's scant doubt that over the years we've known each other you've read this piece many times, al.. read more
Light

6 Months Ago

Yes, I know it, I know that I've read it, and I do recognize/ed it, but I thought I've reviewed it b.. read more
I am wondering how easy it was for you to write this one or how long it took you. Did you torture yourself over the the rhyme of "of" and "above"? The rhyme sounds good, but doesn't look good. I'm just picking on a little thing cause I have nothing else. Upon first reading it felt almost conversational and I read it as I would a blank-verse poem. I didn't pay attention to the rhymes until the third reading. I would say your sonnet had, to me, a many layered feeling to it. I know it ceases to be a sonnet without the rhymes, but you could have replaced each end word and it still would be a relevant work. I believe your word choices were great, but I am going to have to give you a thumbs down on the your choice of font. You do not have permission to judge my font choices though, I am fully aware they are boring. If you want a good laugh, check out a picture of a sonnet I wrote when I was nineteen that I recently found among my Navy things. It's in my photos and some of the word choices are beyond me. Ah youth.

BTW....You knew this was a good poem. Talk at you later. CD

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

7 Months Ago

Hi, CD!
Happy Sunday, My Friend. : )
Yes, I knew this is a good poem, and I knew you w.. read more

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