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Below is the poem entitled A LABOUR OF LOVE Recited which was written by poet Brian Strand. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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What intimacy is its cause,perhaps
an immaculate conception of words;
too swift to comprehend,see or
recognise.The moment is there
and then is not.Gone with the wind
the seed of idea remains, to 
germinate and gestate,fanned by a
mental fragrance of elation.Slowly
self-transcending a word into a phrase,
a sentence to a strophe;a rhyme
rides a waterfall of cadence,
into a chasm of verse. Terse or
long, the sonnet becomes a little song,
struggles to arrive.Thrust forth upon
my page;a bastard-born of pain,
ancestry unknown,no more to roam

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  1. Date: 4/24/2013 6:34:00 AM
    Congrats on your win¬A.O

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 4:38:00 AM
    Replied in soupmail, Brian.... thanks!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Super congrats, Brian! I really enjoyed hearing your voice, and your poem is really wonderful, and I agree on how writing can be such a labor of love! It is an honor to place with you :) --nikko :)

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 12:20:00 AM
    Brian, I loved your poem and accent! I knew it was there....but it's great to finally hear it. RAY

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 6:43:00 PM
    I am so pleased to see this at the top....and honored to be next to yours......since you were the inspiration for me to try this new venue. I am so grateful ...thank you for all the encouragement!

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 6:30:00 PM
    Brian, :-) congratulations with your awesome Recited Poem.... Always~ PD

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Congratulations, Brian! I like your simple approach, voice with just the words. Please comment on my latest blog if you can to share your experience.

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 8:30:00 PM
    Excellent write Brian!!I can relate!!With every line my heart sang with JOY of the toiled Labour. A seed in flight!!!....and a beautiful bouquet has sprouted!!!Thankx for the inspiration!!~God bless!!!Rick