Willow Me (A Sonnet)

Willow Me

Interred within the soil of youthful prime
A willow seed lies sown in dormancy,
That with the daily watering of time
Grows old and dies, a withered, weeping tree.
And years are petals on the bud of life
That when she blossoms unfold to display
A sapless flower; her petals, passed and rife,
Hang virtueless, bereft of sweet bouquet.
Yet what possesses virtue, worth or reason
Save framed within this frail mortality?
Or whence derives one’s passion for the season
If not from this temporal symmetry?
And if in life I find a love to cherish,
Then I shall gladly live and love, and perish.

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet Click Image to visit WikiPaintings.org

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet
Click Image to visit WikiPaintings.org

You

you

all my life
you have
stood
between
me
and my
dreams
obsession
possession
you are
my life’s bane
every time i
see you
seeing me
my heart
screams
the tears
i now weep
for the
tears and
the pain
in the
souls
that I love
when i’m
gone
you’ll
remain
reflecting

James Ford broken mirror

James Ford broken mirror

Barcarola

 

Nach-dem-tornado by Winslow Homer Image: wikipaintings.org

Nach-dem-tornado by Winslow Homer
Image: wikipaintings.org

Barcarola

A craftless ship afloat ill-tempered waters
With neither star nor compass to avail,
Blown on those wintry gales far from safe quarters,
Caught-fast upon a reef my yawl did flail;
For tempests of the heart will hard pursue
On passion’s tides that run love’s ocean deep,
Those ships of lovers seeking harbours new
In ports where love’s rare booty they would reap;
And wisdom’s compass is no guide for lovers,
Infatuation’s stars do but deceive,
To foil intrepid sailors, like all others,
And dash them on those ragged rocks to grieve.
Lament no more my barcarola triste,
For love is least where doleful tears persist!

Moon

Woman Silhouette... Image: geralt, pixabay.com

Woman Silhouette…
Image: geralt, pixabay.com

Moon

Lone orb, that in imagination’s vision
Ploughs silver wake through cobalt seas on high,
Your solitude enkindles passion’s fission,
Love’s avatar eternal in the sky;
What ocean could contain those endless tears
Or valley ring the cries of sorrows torn,
Or tome contain the words of countless fears
Borne up to you on winds of sighs forlorn;
On every heart a sonnet you have written
And every heart in you has sought solace,
Though you can never cry for lover’s smitten
Too arid is your ancient dusty face;
Yet still you bear the scar of every trace,
Of wounds on tender hearts love’s scorn did chase.

Little Dog

Little Dog

The little dog is old and grey
From childhood you loved him
and you gave him to me
a lover’s sacrifice
on that far-away day
when you kissed him in playful parting
I held him often
seeking something
anything
of your essence
yet no comforter was he
most pungent
bitter-sweet
memory
The void you left those many years ago remains
derelict somewhere in my soul
He was beautiful bathed in the fragrance of you
Just a tatty old stuffed-toy
that we both loved.

Aurora

 

Doña Aurora

Doña Aurora

Aurora

The scent of Eos lingers in her wake,
A rare Shiraz—uncorked, releasing tones
Of aniseed and cinnamon; bouquet
Whose redolence drifts down the alleyways
And blends acerbic-sweet with notes of coffee and cacao
That percolate through slats in unglazed windows;
Infusions.
The sun’s oblique and penetrating rays
Defy the lofty, jealous fronds, and squeeze
Between the crowded planet’s oak and concrete bastions,
To poke through breeze-block slots
And highlight cracks in flaky-pastry walls;
Diffusions.
Aurora, time-derided, eroded, cracked,
Heart pitted like the hands that wield the broom,
Downtrodden like the object of her enterprise,
Plays out the litany of morning ritual
And, smiling, sweeps again the crumbling path;
Wherein she sees beyond each bristle’s stroke
A cloud of musty memories exhumed
To briefly spritz, and fall in motes of dreams
Long dead, and now reburied in the dust.
Oblations.
But clouds will gather in the afternoon,
Convective gusts will dissipate stale spice
And August rains will flood the rutted ground
To sanitize with petrichor anew;
And all shall lie in readiness for tomorrow’s
Infusions, diffusions, oblations and sorrows
Ablutions.