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To the Poetess

To the Poetess

Come! my fresh-found friend
We’ll make a beginning with never an end!

Under the wide and starry sky
Let’s dance a dance, you and I

What? No, silly twit!
“Why” or “When” matter not a bit

By the ocean of verse on a moonlit strand
We’ll dig our piggies in the sand

Whirl, cavort, fly around
Giggle and snort at the fun we’ve found

Gruff tomorrow cannot fight
Against our laughs and wild delight

People who see will think us insane
Champing and stomping to that ocean’s refrain

We’ll let us in our secret places
Gently touch each other’s faces

Juggle our joy and scoff at time
Give me your glee, I’ll give you mine

A moment of joy for eternity
Bought with our bold temerity

When the end of our time comes, as it will
In our minds, we’ll be dancing still

Under the wide and starry sky
Let’s dance a dance, you and I

A heart once shared is a heart that’s grown
The bond of the poem from this moment on
Means your heart, dear lady, will never be—completely alone

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Written on November 25, 1999

Submitted by steve-edwards on November 16, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Scheme a bb CC bx dd ee ff gg aa xx hh ii CC jxj
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,027
Words 202
Stanzas 14
Stanza Lengths 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3

Wm. Stephen (stebe) Edwards

Mr. Edwards is 75 years old. Raised on dryland cotton farm in West Texas. B.A. English, Tex. Tech. U. 1965. Decorated Vietnam veteran, M.S. Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology, Tech Tex U. 1972. Divorced, two daughters. Currently retired as a Speech/Language Pathologist in Austin, TX “Poets are truthsayers. They give us the world in a mirror of words. Words must be bound with caring discipline, else, like children, else they run amok”. more…

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  • lovingempath
    This is absolutely beautiful!
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  • jfstandards47
    I love the sentiment, the gentle romantic love. I also love the use of language and literary devices. aliteration, onamanpoeia, irony. Yeah that's a good poem.
    LikeReply3 months ago


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