Sweet Lydia

And have you ever seen a bird in flight
How gracefully she soars above the trees
Leaving her roost in Winter’s blight
When Autumn leaves begin to freeze?

And have you ever seen the evening star
That jewel of the heavenly sphere
Light up the sky from quite afar
To warm the heart and all endear?

And have you ever seen a maiden blush
When Cupid seeks to court her charms
And heat of passion makes her flush
In warm embrace of lover’s arms?

And have you ever seen a baby cry
When he takes first a breath of air
His greeting with such wanton sigh
That stirs a mother’s breast with care?

And have you ever seen the rivers flow
And empty in the ocean floor
Changing their speed from swift to slow
To make connection with a roar?

And have you ever heard a symphony
How thus it soothes the savage heart
As glockenspiel and tympani
Resound to spell their magical art?

And have you ever seen sweet Lydia’s smile
How soon it melts a heart of stone
Presented thus without a guile
Its potency still unknown?

And if you meet her in the street
Or in the square, or on the beach;
And if your heart should skip a beat,
Know that you’re in for quite a treat.

And if you dream the poet’s dream
And if you sing the singer’s song
And if the artist sketched his theme
Sweet Lydia’s smile would make you beam.

And if you call her by her name
Entreating her to tarry a bit
And ask her: “Lydia, what’s your game?”
She’ll answer you with copious wit.

So fill the cup, and raise the glass
And with a toast of greetings great
Acknowledge this young damsel’s class.
Let’s honor her for being first rate!

About this poem

This 11-stanza rhymed quatrain poem, composed on December 23, 1976, was written for and is dedicated to Lydia Cortés, a former staff member of the Program Planning and Implementation Unit (PPIU) of The Center for Bilingual Education, Board of Education, City of New York. Known by her poetic pen name as “El Cortés,” Lydia Cortés is a noted Borinqueña poet, born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, and the author of two collections of poetry: “Lust for Lust” and “Whose Place. ” Her voluminous oeuvre d’art appears in numerous productions. This poem was composed as a cheerful festive ‘send off’ by her colleagues at a time when Lydia was departing from her career as an educator to pursue full time her passion as a poet, a lust for the life of a writer and an artist that she has achieved with distinction and aplomb. In love, friendship and comradeship, Lydia! 

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Written on December 23, 1976

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 24, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on February 24, 2023

1:40 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,620
Words 334
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Teril
    Such a sweet tribute to someone you love!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • kali_p
    Lovely and thoughtful!
    LikeReply1 year ago


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