To Sapheria: A Sonnet.

Benjamin Brantley 1984 (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

I dreamt I kissed thee on thy rosy cheek,
In bygone days, some yesteryear ago.
Thou didst incline, yet as thou didst not speak,
Thine absence made mine heart grow fonder so.

Now in another’s arms thou hast true love
whilst I am left wayfaring here alone.
The tides of time have brought joy to speak of.
Lo! That which thou hast, I have never known.

Perhaps heaven will gently heal mine heart
Which suffers but a superficial wound
I struggled to produce this work of art
and by it I was woefully consumed.

Herein, this misery of mine lies still,
as buried right beneath the ink and quill.

About this poem

Sometimes with art, painful realism replaces fantasy. This is about love toward someone who is married.

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Written on January 12, 2023

Submitted by NightingalePrince on January 12, 2023

Modified by NightingalePrince on July 22, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 592
Words 121
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 2

Benjamin Brantley

Having traveled to the UK, & Germany, whilst also being brought up in the USA, this poet retains a great enjoyment of biblical study, and the romantic arts. more…

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  • robertrad2021
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • Poeticbee
    I love the emotion conveyed in this poem.
    LikeReply6 months ago
    • EtiquetteLearner
      thanks. I felt it was necessary for me to write to someone without whom my love is unrequited. I had desired to capture more melancholy but God won't let me get too bent out of shape or sorrowful about not being with this person. 
      LikeReply4 months ago


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