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 treetops' glow,

          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"

© 2021 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 8 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Great Aunt Astri

3 Years Ago

oooooo, oh dear1
K writes

2 Years Ago

I don't see anything wrong with Norman's review.
Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Dear Kay✨
Your kindness is so gracious … it was not Norman's review, it someth.. read more



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How lovely! The imagery and flow to your poem is wonderful. I enjoyed reading it.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

3 Months Ago

Warmly and concisely expressed, Dear Poetess 🌾

Your praise and appreciation of my .. read more
Here I am again reading yet another fabulous emotional Free Verse poem of yours.
These words are ...well, actually I have no words for the way i feel......Lisa

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.






Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lisasview

4 Months Ago

Yes, a bite of the apple...
perfect...
Lisa
Richard🖌

4 Months Ago

Um  yummm!
Lisasview

4 Months Ago

And, ha ha...
preparing to get ready to cook and have a birthday party here for our friends f.. read more
Your poetic words paint such a vivid picture of the morning. It's amazing how nature can make us feel so alive and connected to our surroundings. Your words remind me to take a moment to appreciate the beauty around me.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

4 Months Ago

I've fallen so far behind,

After my teaching retirement, being offline for so long, a.. read more
So yes, Richard, I do relate to this free verse. I love it! This starts so full and gives the impression of deep connection to the writer and to all of nature soaking up the sun. Then it turns a bit, seeming like nature aligns with the writer and begins to feel the loss, change and transition happening literally and metaphorically. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

Hi, Elaine 🥀

Nothing stirs an olde bard's hopes of pleasing his readers than recei.. read more
Nicely rendered and again I prefer this to heavily structured - but that's just me. The nice thing is that this poem has a pleasant rhythm to it, which is not easy in free verse. Congrats.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Barrett,

For selecting this gentle Free Verse piece to read and review; so.. read more
Okay, maybe I was wrong to say that I liked the writing of sonnets most of all because when reading your free verse poetry it made me think how much I like this style as well..
Being a beginner in all this.. with years of writing with no idea what I was doing has bearing on what I am seeing now..

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Salutations, Dear Lady-Poet🥂

When you speak so fondly of being drawn to different .. read more
I sensed that coming truth,
as Autumn's leaves
began falling
like tears ~
washing around
my feet.

I sense a heart warming read with lots of emotions flowing through,
Like tears washing around my feet... One could also feel incomplete.
As Autumn leaves falls like tears....One feels lonely around here..

Awesome writing, I couldn't help myself including a rhyme. Nicely written


Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Wow, Dear Kay!😳

Another review?!!!
You're spoiling me, but I'm keeping ever.. read more
Not sure what Mana is, but i enjoyed this write. I like poems that rhyme.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Hi, Dear Lady K🌸

It's so nice of you to select one of my Free Verse pieces to read.. read more
there is a lot you can do while sitting next to a pond, pick up a rock and skip it across, and listen to echoes among the winds. Sitting by a pond is beautiful write here.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Dear Katzie🌼

Your praise and relatability with this piece tells me you'.. read more
I'm not surprised you got first place in a poetry about loss contest for this. It is very good.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

You've bade my heart smile 'n blush 😌

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