“The lunatic, the lover, the poet, are of imagination all compact.”

The lunatic a sorcerer
enchants her own mind
‘twixt reality and dream
confutes the line

Love marks a heaven
on her lover’s brow
the calculus of Reason
nimbly beguiled

Golden the orbs
of crystalline glass
unlocking cosmic radiance
setting fire the fancy
of a poet’s staff
from Infinity
she pours a draught
seizing the elixir
to paint a poem
drawing nothingness
into form

Twining the three
a silken thread
stringing the bow
that bends toward the sun
her arrows
to pierce the vein
where madness and vision
their courses run
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Written on 2023

Submitted by Keilani on September 04, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 629
Words 120
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 4, 11, 8

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  • Vixility
    A really, really good poem whose subject springboards off of the Shakespeare quote which precedes it (and is essentially an extension of it).

    The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet are all figures whose preoccupation transcends or supersedes reality by moving outside of it and, through the auspices of imagination, creates a magical world wherein they may live and dwell.

    The stanza regarding the Lunatic reminds me of a quote by Socrates: “Insanity is good, provided its origin is divine.”

    The second stanza had a palpable Emily Dickinson ring to it (indeed, the whole poem did).

    The imagery of the third stanza, gorgeous and gorgeously painted.

    And the fourth stanza, threading the three protagonists together, concludes with the vivid statement that harkens back to that Socrates quote.
    LikeReply8 months ago
    • Keilani
      Thank you truly for your kind words. I am happy that you enjoyed my poem and appreciate your thoughts.
      LikeReply8 months ago
  • JokerGem
    Great,... just a great parcel of writing. l thoroughly enjoyed ‘Ordained,’ and l loved the structure and what you spawned out of the quote.
    LikeReply 18 months ago
    • Keilani
      Thanks very kindly for your thoughtful comment. I appreciate you reading my poem.
      LikeReply 18 months ago


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