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 International Sonnet Contest

© 2019 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 3 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Years Ago

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

3 Years Ago

Thank you, KL.



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How do you critique the first place winner?

I'm just struck that "life is so fleeting" as I read. the temporariness--

For a review: Note the sadness - but be not sad, for the song that life sings can be true joy.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Month Ago

Hello again, Wanda! : )

Well, I've a number of winning pieces that have been improved.. read more
Perfect title, we should not fear nothing, for everything we want is in the other side of fear. Beautiful indeed!!! Skilfully written!!! It really shows the talent of the writer!!! Congrats Richard ;-))))))

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Month Ago

Oh, M'Dear Lady Sil 🥀

How very remiss I've been in responding to your sweetly insp.. read more
Silmara McGarry

1 Month Ago

:-))))) You are very welcome!!!!
I love the ethereal feeling of this poem; in addition I love the descriptive choice of words which shows the reader the nature of the forest, the wind, the gravestones, the angel. Put together, this is a fine piece of poetry. Great!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

2 Months Ago

Thank You, Dear Betty✨

That you love anything about my poetry is praise more gratif.. read more
Betty Hermelee

2 Months Ago

Well it's true, I love your poetry!
Richard 🍃

2 Months Ago

It's equally true, Betty, that I love your reviews.🌷
This spoke to me of facing the darkness fearlessly. Or, of understanding that there is darkness but not letting it stall you.

The darkness in this poem is also beauty disguised by the dark, so revelation allows the reader to understand that it's not necessarily something to be feared.

The wind has its way of whipping things and drawing them to shadow under the moon, but it is only the wind, and its strength in this posture of whipping is temporary--or rather comes in waves. I suppose our greatest strength in life can be finding peace with the dark and the light.

I felt that this poem expressed that very well. Lovely work, Richard.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Amazing, Eilis!

Seeing you'd read this rather abstractly involved piece, I wondered w.. read more
Beautiful poetic versed sonnet here
especially liked the second paragraph
lines 3 and 4 such a lovely image it presents
..soft and smoothly flowing ..I enjoyed reading
this fine piece..

nice work


Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

4 Months Ago

Nice review, Fran 🌼

Thank you for your gratifying and inspiringly expressed, enjoy.. read more
  Fran Marie

4 Months Ago

you 're welcome dear friend;
Beautiful write, yet kinda dark, but nicely written and expressed.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Kesh, for reading and commenting, and for your encouraging compliment! ⁓ Richard 🍃
I felt this poem like a whisper. “An angel stands it’s guard, by deaths design.” Favourite line. It is such a peaceful relationship between life and death depicted here. I see them as old friends. Separated by their very nature.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

7 Months Ago

A warm welcome to my pages Anne 🌸
Thank you ever-so gratefully for selecting one of my poe.. read more
This is a very beautiful write.....

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

8 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the very nice compliment! ⁓ Richard 🍃
that beautiful Richard ... i appreciate the difficulty it is in using modern conversational language in a sonnet ... Sleepless Volcano and I have joined forces to complete this very challenging form and once we have done damage enough will send it too you for proofing :)) i appreciate your offer of assistance very much ... the Volcano and I are prepared in advance for needed correction ;) love this sonnet of your sir ... i put myself in it very easily and that great comfort of faith we need in death of the body ... you capture in a wonderful way between those guardian angel wings ... love it .. i pray my own faith is not found lacking in that moment ;)
E.

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

12 Months Ago

Thank you so much, Gene, for such a lovely compliment. : )
How observant of you to recognize .. read more
Einstein Noodle

12 Months Ago

your a treasure Richard ...honestly...your devotion to the sonnet is catching .... you have me almos.. read more
Richard 🍃

12 Months Ago

"B L U S H!*"
Ooh! Both chilling and ominous. This had kind of a 'gothic feel' tto it for me. Nicely done.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Beautifully spake, Dear Mari' 🍂
There does seem to be a rather balefully portentous atmosp.. read more

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