These lift me through the airy height
(These wings acquired through a night),
Into a foreign world above
Of light and warmth and truth and love.

What seems a dream are days gone by
When I knew nothing of the sky—
Just toil on an earthly bed
And thoughts of milkweed in my head.

But then I there within a husk
That dangled from an aspen tusk
Began to form a different bent
That I knew not was heaven meant.

And now I'm lifted through this air,
And though attaining beauty fair,
The only thing that moves me now
Is that I share this flight somehow.

About this poem

It was sometime in spring of 2008 when I was asleep one afternoon and, in my dream, in both rhyme and meter, these words appeared there: "But then I there within a husk / That dangled from an aspen tusk". I woke up, I wrote the lines down, and for the next several weeks tried to give context to them in this poem. I chose the simple rhyme scheme of 'aabb' based on the scheme 'given' me in the dream and adhered to tetrameter as the guiding meter for the same reason. Redemption is the poem's working theme.  

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Submitted by Vixility on October 06, 2022

Modified by Vixility on October 06, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 553
Words 116
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

John W. May

John W. May has lived in Colorado all his life. He currently works in the field of ophthalmology and loves to mountain bike and read about history. John first became a lover of poetry in 2008 after having read a poem by John Milton. He has been reading and studying the works of various poets since. His favorite poets are Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Tyutchev and W. B. Yeats. more…

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  • Keilani
    A message of hope, so delicately conveyed in a light, (almost dancing) gossamer weave of words.
    LikeReply8 months ago
  • lovingempath
    This poem makes me want to transform into a 'milkweed':) Everything about it is perfect! (Just ask me: I know everything!! :)
    LikeReply 111 months ago
  • Vixility
    As to the italicizing, while you are typing your poem in the space that provides you with, you have to put in front of the line you wish to italicize and then end it with .
    LikeReply1 year ago


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