A Toast, to Renewal

August 23, 2011
By Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran


One slave child flayed by the chilly words
“You own naught but your name”
Who planned an exit through the womb
From which the poets came
He seized his leather collar, at dawn
And still bound in chains, did pray
Turning his sunburned body
To embrace the coming day

The wicked manufacture kings
In bodies of blood and salt
But there’s glory in the sunrise
The weary farmer
It exalts

I drowned in pools of stagnant peace
And such a death was sweet
To trade air for the Chalice
Christ’s body left, to eat
I abandoned the rhythm of my heart
For the trumpets of the sea
Engraved on the teeth of the dragon—
A wry apology

As Spring, so lovely, tore into
The crispy silk of curled cocoons
Revealing fire and crescent moons
“Behold,” her honey lips called out
Unto the basin of the morning sky
And with a fluttering of wings
“At last— a butterfly!”


The author's comments:
Look with speed and ease, my brothers and sisters of time, towards the coming sunset. It was given to us, present in every morning, so that we may be reborn.

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leafy said...
on Apr. 18 2012 at 8:03 am
leafy, City, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

"But there’s glory in the sunrise/The weary farmer/It exalts" - I shall never look at a sunrise the same way again. Ah, they are quite exalting, aren't they? So beautiful...and they happen to occur every day :)

The last stanza especially intrigued me, going from slavery and bondage in the beginning, but finishing with freedom and wings - butterflies! - in the end. Another exemplary poem, my Feathery Bard - why am I not surprised? :)

on Sep. 26 2011 at 7:42 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1634 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Many thanks, you Child of the World.

on Sep. 26 2011 at 3:11 pm
bpjrobert SILVER, Wakefield, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Veni Vidi Vici"-Julius Caesar

This is excellent. You are a wonderful poet.

on Sep. 5 2011 at 4:03 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1634 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

I could see her glow, but not her form. What made me lament was that I couldn't hear her answer. I usually have long talks with her, especially when she becomes the Silver Orb every month, but she answered me not.

on Sep. 5 2011 at 12:54 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2216 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.
~Amoniel

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"
~Thesilentraven

You couldn't even see her glow? 

Heart hugs are always the very best. 


on Sep. 4 2011 at 8:54 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
45 articles 9 photos 565 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

UGH!  It's the only thing I really dislike about Teenink.  It's so annoying to submit something, then realize that you left a huge mistake in there and it sounds ridiculous, except you can't change it without deleting the article and all the comments along with it.

on Sep. 4 2011 at 12:09 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1634 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

The last stanza, as often happens now, was written first. It came to me on a morning where I was feeling very depressed, and I feel like it came from the morning. So yes, the poem reached into my soul, and its fingers gave my heart a little hug.

I went outside to see the half-moon last night, but it was hiding behind the trees. I called out, but it was silent.


on Sep. 4 2011 at 12:05 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1634 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Nah, your intelligence isn't inferior! The second stanza, I thought, was a bit hazy; and I wish I could fix that. Does it ever bother you that we can't edit our pieces?

on Sep. 4 2011 at 12:04 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1634 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Oh really? I haven't read her work in a while, but she's a wonderful poet.

Let's hope he/she makes a quick return to the land of Teenink soon.


Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Sep. 4 2011 at 12:05 am
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

It's a beautiful poem. Very well done, as always. :) Last time I heard from him was 2 weeks ago.

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Sep. 4 2011 at 12:04 am
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

Your poem reminds me of Maya Angelou's poetry,because her poetry is also how African- Americans had a renaissance and how they rised from oppression and slavery to become the people they are today. :) Cool! :)

on Sep. 3 2011 at 2:57 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
45 articles 9 photos 565 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

I like your vision of time and rebirth.  Very cool.  I have to admit I did get lost in the middle but for the most I understood what you were saying.  Don't change it though!  It's just my inferior intelligence. ;)

on Sep. 3 2011 at 2:08 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2216 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.
~Amoniel

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"
~Thesilentraven

Did the poem help you to feel your life going on, the good at the end of the depressing or deflating?

on Sep. 3 2011 at 1:32 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1634 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Did what help?

What a glowing description, you shining lady of rainbow colors!

Hmm. A difficult question. There's a substance to the end, just as there is to the beginning and the middle. It can be the substance of death, of evening, of finality, of continuity, or the predecessor of renewal. Perhaps you are allowing yourself to be carried by the poems up to the tipping point, when you are ready to take a might leap! A joyous thing, for an end. Like a phoenix.

Indeed they do, and I'm grateful for the reminder.


on Sep. 3 2011 at 1:27 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1634 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

The slave child does not necessarily need to be the "I," but you're the master of the poem when you read it, so you decide. :)

'Course! A delightful individual to say in the least. Pity, though, I haven't heard from him/her in a frightfully long time.


on Sep. 3 2011 at 12:18 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2216 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.
~Amoniel

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"
~Thesilentraven

Did it help? 

 

Beautifully gorgeous.

The colors of brown, sepia, and honey, possibly even in that order. Sprinkled with droplets of green, gold, white, pink, and blue. A dash of red catches the eye unawares. 

I seem to like last stanzas more frequently lately. What could that mean?

(The words come eventually, even if you have to wait a bit.)


Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Sep. 2 2011 at 7:57 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

OK, I'm lost, so how it come it goes from slave to I? I the slave? If so, yay! If not, that what's supposed to happen? 

PS: Can Boosflash join the circle?



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