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divine poems ~ classical poetry (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

2012  featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Divine Poems
by classic poets

i thought i might include a post of  classical poetry  by famous poets of  the past,  though i must admit that i much prefer  “modern”  poetry…  with the exception of  the final poem,  which is my favorite of  all poems.

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No Man is an Island

John Donne
1624

No man is an island entire of  itself;
every man is a piece of  the continent, a part of  the main;
if  a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,
as well as if  a promontory were,
as well as a manor of  thy friends or of  thine own were;
any man’s death diminishes me,  because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

this is actually just a portion of  a longer piece by John Donne  “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”  which is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness.  the work consists of twenty-three parts  (‘devotions’) describing each stage of the sickness.  each part is further divided into a Meditation,  an Expostulation,  and a Prayer.  this piece is  Meditation XVII,  perhaps the best-known part of the work and forms part of Devotion XVII.

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“I want” — it pleaded — All its life

Emily Dickinson

“I want” — it pleaded — All its life —
I want — was chief  it said
When Skill entreated it — the last —
And when so newly dead —

I could not deem it late — to hear
That single — steadfast sigh —
The lips had placed as with a “Please”
Toward Eternity —      

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Bright Star

John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art –
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors –
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

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A Woman’s Shortcomings

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

She has laughed as softly as if she sighed,
She has counted six, and over,
Of a purse well filled, and a heart well tried -
Oh, each a worthy lover!
They “give her time”;  for her soul must slip
Where the world has set the grooving;
She will lie to none with her fair red lip:
But love seeks truer loving.

She trembles her fan in a sweetness dumb,
As her thoughts were beyond recalling;
With a glance for one, and a glance for some,
From her eyelids rising and falling;
Speaks common words with a blushful air,
Hears bold words, unreproving;
But her silence says – what she never will swear -
And love seeks better loving.

Go, lady! lean to the night-guitar,
And drop a smile to the bringer;
Then smile as sweetly, when he is far,
At the voice of an in-door singer.
Bask tenderly beneath tender eyes;
Glance lightly, on their removing;
And join new vows to old perjuries -
But dare not call it loving!

Unless you can think, when the song is done,
No other is soft in the rhythm;
Unless you can feel, when left by One,
That all men else go with him;
Unless you can know, when unpraised by his breath,
That your beauty itself wants proving;
Unless you can swear “For life, for death!” -
Oh, fear to call it loving!

Unless you can muse in a crowd all day
On the absent face that fixed you;
Unless you can love, as the angels may,
With the breadth of heaven betwixt you;
Unless you can dream that his faith is fast,
Through behoving and unbehoving;
Unless you can die when the dream is past -
Oh, never call it loving!

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Come, Walk With Me

Emily Brontë

Come, walk with me,
There’s only thee
To bless my spirit now -
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled -

Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine steals the dew -
He took them one by one and we
Are left the only two;
So closer would my feelings twine
Because they have no stay but thine -

‘Nay call me not – it may not be
Is human love so true?
Can Friendship’s flower droop on for years
And then revive anew?
No, though the soil be wet with tears,
How fair soe’er it grew
The vital sap once perished
Will never flow again
And surer than that dwelling dread,
The narrow dungeon of the dead
Time parts the hearts of men -’

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this is my favorite poem of  all time ~

First Fig

Edna St. Vincent Millay
1916

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -

It gives a lovely light!

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   { 2012 featured poets encore presentation }

{ all of  the above works are in the public domain }

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just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

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Deserted  Dreams

by  Ainsley  Allmark

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On an old tired landscape
Shapes lie abandoned
Discarded
Like old memories
Near forgotten
From mind

Crying in the wilderness
Of…..READ MORE

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Water  Of  Peace

by  Ainsley  Allmark

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Talking rain
Coarse words in the darkness
No whispers
After dark
Or dreams of day
In momentary distraction
Drops scratching…..READ MORE

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“Epitaph”   King Crimson

i  know  i  recently  reblogged another of  Ainsley’s poems,  but as excellent as his writing has always been,  he has taken it to a new level this year.  the fact that “Deserted Dreams”  was inspired by two words from one of  my poems honors me.  i  hope you will follow the  “READ MORE”  links on both of  the above poems because they are truly extraordinary poetry.  you can find Ainsley’s writing at any of  the Dolphin links in the blogrolls at the bottom of  this page,  but his main blogs are  ‘Dolphin Muse‘  ‘Dolphin Ainsley‘  and  both poetry and photographs at  ‘Dolphin Visions‘ ~  you will give yourself  a gift if  you start subscribing to these blogs in a reader or via email.

thank you,  Ainsley,  for allowing me to share your writing.

artwork ~   “The Persistence of  Memory”   Salvador Dali
{  fair use }

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One Moon via Ainsley Allmark @DolphinDancer

One Moon

by  Ainsley Allmark
aka  @DolphinDancer

She played
Stirred the waters
Into a gentle whirlpool

One Moon showed
A secret face
Never seen
Except by her Lover


One Moon kissed
My….READ MORE

via  Dolphin Muse


Beethoven’s   “Moonlight  Sonata”

my gratitude to Ainsley Allmark  for allowing  me to re-blog  his poem  “One Moon”  today.  i hope it is the beginning  of  another series.  you will  find much of  Ainsley’s poetry  from  2012  at his main blog  ‘Dolphin Muse‘ and  Ainsley’s small stones from the January 2012 Mindful Writing Challenge can be found at  ‘Dolphin Ainsley‘.   you will  find links to the rest of  Ainsley’s Dolphin blogs,  including  ‘Dolphin Visions‘  which contains some of  his gorgeous photography as well as poetry,  in the blogroll at the bottom of  this page.

artwork   ~   “Autumn  flowers in  front of  full moon”    Hiroshige
{ public domain }

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encore presentation: 2012 featured poets ~ ladynimue @nimue_

(inter)national poetry month
April 2013

encore  presentation
2012  featured poets

at my heart’s love songs

Nimue

aka  ladynimue

i am pleased to be featuring some of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the past two and a half years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to our celebration ~  enjoy!

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Nimue
aka  ladynimue

i remember when i met ladynimue   {  @nimue_  }  on twitter in 2010.  she is one of  the sweetest young women you could ever meet who has a love for words and writing poetry at her blogs  Pages from my mind   and  Word-possessed lady.   Nimue also has a  flickr photostream HERE.

in her own words ~

“Reader,  Poet(ess),  moody,  musical,  smiling,  frowning,  chatterbox,  musing,  loving,  living,  dreaming …”

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A little while”   by   ladynimue

A little while,
more my love,
he whispers in my dreams
A little while
is all I need,
before this dream…..Read More

via   Pages from my mind

photograph by  Nimue   ©All Rights Reserved    at her flickr photostream

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I Retreat    by   ladynimue

I let silence grow
on all my thoughts,
taking seed from nowhere
and spreading here and there..

I let words keep quiet
sit bound and tight
ready to spring when asked
to make for me a new mask.

I realize…..Read More

via  Pages from my mind

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she : my poetry”   by   ladynimue

Once she slept,
undisturbed,
uncalled,
unknown.

the echo to my voice
subdued by time
waiting for
one spark.

*His words lit the fire
paved the way
in 41 steps
she won.

Proudly she cheered
my every word
each tiny mark
of my mind.

…..Read More

via  Pages from my mind

photograph by Nimue  ©All Rights Reserved   at her flickr photostream

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Born Again ?    by   Nimue

Its just perception

if idea…..Read More

via  Word-possessed lady

photograph by Nimue  ©All Rights Reserved  at her flickr photostream

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Absence”   by   Nimue

He has been absent
for long;
the doorknob gone cold,
the mats heavy and dull
awaiting his footsteps
that led more to her
than to the house in all.
she has been waiting
so long;
the rec…..Read More

via  Word-possessed lady

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My muse”    by   Nimue

a leap here and there
across reality, she stretched
her dusk colored wings

a dark shadow today
she…..Read More

via  Word-possessed lady

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30,  2013.

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2012 featured poet at
my heart’s love songs

National Poetry Month April 2013 Badge

all copyright remains with the authors

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encore presentation: 2012 featured poets ~ Ranee Dillon @RaneeDillon

(inter)national poetry month
April 2013

encore  presentation
2012  featured poets

at my heart’s love songs

Ranee Dillon

i am pleased to be featuring some of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the past two and a half years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to our celebration ~  enjoy!

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 featured poet:

 Ranee  Dillon

i met Ranee Dillon on twitter  { @RaneeDillon }.  she is amazing at  “live”  tweeting poetry,  especially duets with other poets.   it’s captivating to watch as the poetry unfolds in the twitter stream.  she is a writer of  both prose and poetry which you can find on her  blog  RANEE DILLON.    her first book  ‘The Binding of  Twelve:  Ring Binder’  is due out soon ~ you can find information  HERE

in her own words ~

“I love my family and writing.  Most days you can find me sitting with a notebook writing stories,  poetry,  or even sketching.”

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Just a little love”   by    Ranee Dillon

Sun or rain

it’s all the same

when you’ve chosen to live

in-between

Full head, clear heart

you’ll never start

down…..Read More

via   RANEE DILLON

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Sighted    by   Ranee Dillon

Never lost
never found
the ground still
firm beneath her feet
She meets the scars
agile stars, unformed
adorned with nightfall

Never became
never become
the…..Read More

via   RANEE DILLON

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Cigarettes & Salt Water”   by   Ranee Dillon

Five cigarettes
She’ll numb the pain
the salt-water drips
down broken chains

Four notes pass
She’ll sing along
in wind…..Read More

via   RANEE DILLON

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Taken to Wing    by   Ranee Dillon

When the world finds me

I will be in darkness

search through despair

needle thin and blade edge sharp

with a care reserved for the most sacred

And when at last you stumble across

the tattered…..Read More

via   RANEE DILLON

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Dreamers”   by   Ranee Dillon

To all the tightrope walkers
Who dance on silver strings
Chasing pretty dreams
Without a safety net

To all the travel bound
Those journeymen
With bags in hand
Searching for new roads

To all the lovers
Who float…..Read More

via   RANEE DILLON

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Love Me Tomorrow”    by   Ranee Dillon

Love me tomorrow; when the wind shifts and the stench of past romances no longer follows us as we walk. They haunt in gusts, forcing the memories back; each smell, every touch assaulting the senses. Its grasp so tight I struggle to pull in breaths that sting with loss. The pain real to the taste, it sits bittered on my tongue, rooted so deep I’ve yet to remove them all.

So, love me tomorrow; let time lift the scars…..Read More

via   RANEE DILLON

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30,  2013.

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2012 featured poet at
my heart’s love songs

National Poetry Month April 2013 Badge

all copyright remains with the authors

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