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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Angel In Woods


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

© 2021 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 6 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

6 Years Ago

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

6 Years Ago

Thank you, KL.



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So lovely..The images jump from the page Richard..
Every line feels magical..expressing life and death in the forest of life.
Lisa

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

9 Months Ago

Thank you, Lisa ☕️

Here's hoping this finds you feeling better.
It's an ho.. read more
Wow! Amazing imagery. So, are you using evergreens as a symbol of life? The afterlife? I'm also getting a strong sense of death as peaceful, something comforting that should not be resisted. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Garrett Leatherman

1 Year Ago

I tried to compose my own sonnet but Free Verse is just so much more enticing :o But since I've alre.. read more
Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

Free Verse is the lazy man's poetry … it requires very little effort to compose it, and hardly any.. read more
Garrett Leatherman

1 Year Ago

This is very true!
gravestones for the dead.
An angel stands its guard, by Death’s design,

Such a powerful imagery here, but not all gravestones are for the dead, I'm seen some empty gravestones
already marked for those who haven't yet passed on, I guess they are preparing for that... One to think on.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

So, Dear Kimmie 🧐

I see you've finally come across this rather reflectively pensiv.. read more
This is an extraordinary piece of art which poetry is art

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Thank you ever-so much, Lacey Sue, for selecting one of my humble poems to read, and for your gracio.. read more
well this paints a vivid picture of loneliness, well these lines here do

of vine-made arbors … gravestones for the dead.

Very well written.....

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Most gratefully, Kym 🍂

I bow to your warming words of lovely, inspiring praise and.. read more
Should thee soar high, between that angel’s wings,
hold tight with faith; then, hear the song life sings.

Simply amazing wording here, this is awesome,
Keep writing always

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

From You, Dear Kay-T

These words of praise and appreciation truly warm and inspire a .. read more
a beautifully penned, period style poem. your descriptive choice of words is so delicate & ethereal, i love the last 2 lines in particular.
one of these days i may be able to write with such beautiful poetic phrasing as yours, but i fear grand old age will overtake me before that ever happens.
cheerio carola

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Ohhh-MY, Dear Lady Carola! 🎭️

How sweetly your words in appreciation, praise, an.. read more
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 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years 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 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Oh, M'Dear Lady Sil 🥀

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

2 Years 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 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Thank You, Dear Betty✨

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

2 Years Ago

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

2 Years Ago

It's equally true, Betty, that I love your reviews.🌷

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