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;
oh, 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 thou 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


© 2017 Richard



Author's Note

Richard
Picture: compliments of Google Images

Helpful-intended comments and critique are always welcome! : )

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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 1 Year Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year Ago

Thank you, KL.



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I've been meaning to review this one for a while ... why I haven't yet, I have no clue, for I've read this poem at least a million times.
Richard, this is the best sonnet I've ever read. The way it flows so gently and smoothly with a peaceful vibe and dark undertone really pulled me in. I love the abstract, ethereal quality of your words in that they seem to slow time and zoom in on the small details. The originality, imagination, and skill it took to write this certainly something worth admiring, Richard. Great work!

- William Liston

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

2 Months Ago

"William!!!"
A "million" times? I told you, at least, a million times not to exaggerate … L.. read more
William Liston

2 Months Ago

I meant every word. This is, quite honestly, my favorite sonnet. And, though I haven't actually read.. read more
Richard

2 Months Ago

William,
You truly honor me in a way words cannot adequately express, except to offer a since.. read more
A "comforting" piece to pause with and contemplate.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

4 Months Ago

I'm with you, and my response was based completely on your expressed personal take, even while remin.. read more
Chris

4 Months Ago

You nailed it... seems some follow "the crowd" and use the crowds' thought as their own. We - you a.. read more
Richard

4 Months Ago

LOL! I guess so. : )
My inspirations are such that, at times, a poem will burst from my pen, after which, I seem the image to accompany it. At other times, an image itself serves as the inspiration. I imagine the latter was the case in this instance for you. Life is a song, with highs and lows, a chorus, and crescendo, with beauty in them all. I think you have captured this so succinctly. Bravo!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

4 Months Ago

You speak with the resonating voice of a very wise and conscious being … one whom I feel has enter.. read more
Linda Marie Van Tassell

4 Months Ago

I rather believe that our muses are like sprites, flitting to and fro, from my door then to yours. .. read more
Richard

4 Months Ago

I knew you would know all about it⁓*
mesmerizing and soothing...
the descriptions are attractive,
grayed cloak, chilling flight...
epic!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

4 Months Ago

Thank you, Tazeen,
Your words of understanding, depth, and praise are a touching poem in them.. read more
Tazeen Ahmed

4 Months Ago

welcome! hugs back to you!
Wonderful writing Richard and, for me, a gentle and quiet understanding of the interplay and dialogue between nature, death and life, a wonderful complimentary image

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

4 Months Ago

Hello, George.
For a man of your poetic stature to select one of my pieces to read, comment o.. read more
George Coombs

4 Months Ago

My pleasure Richard
Pristine and perfect. Classic poem flows like the night breeze. Dark but welcoming. Even in death "hear the song life sings"... Loved this!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

5 Months Ago

Thank you, Annette, ever-so graciously and warmly for selecting this rather ominously misty piece to.. read more
Annette Pisano Higley

5 Months Ago

And back to you my friend!
This is rich with images and metaphors Richard. I can picture the scene as I read so I'm automatically drawn to the poem right from the beginning.

Excellent work.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Dear Relic, for selecting this rather deeply abstract, image-laden Sonnet in homage to th.. read more
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,

When you read this poem ..you feel like a mist covering all of you ..then suddenly you are at the shrine ...where you find the angels....and hear their whispers..... and the sighs of the nature.... it's very soothing...I liked how you have painted this beautiful poem. ...have a blessed day richard!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

Thank you sincerely, Dear Ria!
The Sonnet form does create a rhythm and tempo that pulls one .. read more
Ooooo...I love this one so much, and I can't tell you why. I love the word choice...the voice...the flavor...the imagery...the interplay of concepts...the feeling that runs through you as you read the words. All of it is...perfect. Beautiful. Touching. You truly are a gifted Bard, Richard.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Lovely Lady!
I think I like your review better than the poem … you're so thought.. read more
Such a spiritual piece...as i hope one day I can soar high through angels wings...and that my life songs were..beautiful.lovely imagery..favorite being "an Angel stands it guard, by death's design"....i also like "grey cloak" ( sky)...gentle rain that evergreens 'drink full"...wonderful.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Dear Susan,
Thank you ever-so, Lady-Poet, for reading this Sonnet and for your gratifying pra.. read more
susancapozzi

1 Year Ago

You're welcome. :-)

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