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2012 Poetry Theme Challenges

#16 Symbolic Love




In all aspects of life humans use symbols as a means of expression. Love is no exception, with red roses as a prime example. For poets these symbols enable us to express love in our work. We are well into the sonnet month and sonnets were originally love songs. So for this challenge let’s look at the symbols of love and how they reflect love, how we use them and how we receive them from a lover.

Happy Quilling!

Jemmy
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Symbolic Love



Maryse Achong

Flower Power

Kathy Anderson

Slow Canter

Divena Collins

Blissful Love
Love by the Lake

Jem Farmer

Soned on the Sonnet

Ryter Roethicle

Dark Red Rose

Liz Rule

Always
My Tambourine Man
Wentworth Falls Suite



Maryse Achong

Flower Power

A single rose pressed in a book,
A reminder of days gone by,
A youth’s sweet gesture as he took
A young girl out, it made her cry...
The memory still makes her sigh:
Though time and years sep'rate them now
That lovely rose remains a tie,
A bond between them still somehow.

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Jem Farmer

Slow Canter

Galloping through the heart are hooves
Of my true loves mustang in groove
With the dance he started right there,
Galloping through this hearts hooves here
Sending up a dusty smoke screen
Ready to feel yet not be seen
This scene once replayed on a beach
Sending up a dusty sand pleach.
Wishes we wish'd and songs to sing
Brought us closer together than anything
Anything heavens could foretell,
Wishes we wish'd in songs to tell
Our cantering stole our hearts show
Slowing the beat not letting go.



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Divena Collins

Blissful Love

A love that I have never known
That has shown no shame to me
'twas all I could do but pray
That some day we shall be free.

His tender kiss shall ever stay
As we lay down upon the heath
I had never known such passion
In this fashion love bequeath.

Time shall tell how we both feel
Of how real this love shall be
To know that deep down inside
We take pride in what we see.

Where had he been all my life
For past strife love went amiss
Shall it be that we now know
Passions flow within utter bliss.



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Love by the Lake

Do you recall the day when we first met
I had loved you then as I love you now
Never within my heart shall I ever regret
Those tender kisses that your lips endow
How upon this earth could we ever forget
We knew at once this love was meant to be
That very moment that your eyes met mine
Something was there that set our love free
A certain smile or perhaps that gentle touch
Had enduced strong feelings of love divine
Shall it have been etched in stars as such
An eternal destiny that binds love together
Where memories never fade at all so much
The day we first met shall be ours forever.



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Jem Farmer

Soned on the Sonnet

So sweet the little song of love,
Thereof a poetic embrace,
Across the world of sonnet form
The only normal is its grace.
From rhythmic meter caught in verse
To the bursts of echoing sound
The beauty of words will explode
And goad the pen to leap and bound
Across the page in loving ink
Expressions think with heart’s delight
And fourteen lines then ebb and flow,
A glowing soul within the night.
Humble words of a poet’s heart
In the sonnet become pure art!



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Ryter Roethicle

Dark Red Rose

You came in the house smiling,
Whilst clutching a dark red rose
Which you had found so beguiling
As you held it up, close to your nose.
Then you offered it to me to smell
Which I did and shared your pleasure.
A lovely fragrance we could treasure
Pleasing us so easy, and oh so well.
The simplest things bring such joy
So long I have known it to be true
Yet sometimes you seem to be coy
But that is you playing like you do.
I have no fear now as time goes by
For you have taught me how to fly.

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Liz Rule

Always

I will always remember you,
your touch, your sweet, sweet lips,
your whispered breath on my skin,
your eyes suffused with the glimmer
glow of love that set those
windows of your soul alight.

Still the honey of your voice
calls to me down the twist of years:
'Remember me, my love; remember
I am always here; always I await you.'

Never can I forget the incandescence
of the love that warmed my soul,
made me a part of you
and you a part of me.
Always we are nestled
each within the other's heart.

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My Tambourine Man

Come to me, my Tambourine Man,
find me in the hush of morn,
pipe for me your wildest magic,
dance with me at the gates of dawn.

Strum your guitar, my Tambourine Man,
sing to me your sweetest song,
I hear your ankle bells a-jingle,
love me while the day is long.

Cast your breath upon the wind,
I will inhale your fragrance deep,
take me aboard your rollicking ship
and rock me in your arms to sleep.

Take me far beyond night’s curtain,
show me the secret ways of rhyme,
drum me the rhythms of the ancients,
skip with me into a vortex of time.

There we will sip, from wells of darkness,
primeval thoughts from before first dawn,
there we will cast our lines of gossamer,
fishing for galaxies not yet born.

Come to me, oh, my Tambourine Man,
your music has me in its thrall,
pipe once again your ancient magic
and I will dance till evening’s fall.

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Wentworth Falls Suite

I
remember those nights
watching the moon rise
over the waterfall…
casting light on the traces
of our interlocking lives

do you see the way
our tracks intersect there
on the sandy soil…
here the hiatus
where rock records no footprints

did we swear to love
forever…
that spring in our valley
or was it the rustling
of the myrtle leaves?

II
summer's zenith…
beneath the waterfall
the pool beckons
we cool our bickering
in its icy depths

III
winnowing wind -
a rainbow drifts in the spray
from
the waterfall

IV
thinking of you
I listen to the waterfall
echoes of your voice linger
in the sound of the water

where is the lyrebird
that once strummed its tail
to the rhythm of your song?

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