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A Writers Dilema

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A Writers Dilema

What is beauty if I cannot write it
On the pages of my book,
What nature in it’s endless glory
If I can but stand and look?

If fragments of a broken sunset
Glimmer in a purple sky,
And etched against the glowing background
Silhouettes of eagles fly.

If night is born in every shadow,
Growing with the dying day,
And slowly, slowly, hill by mountain
Shape and colour melt away.

If stars in multitudes, in millions
Shape the heaven’s works of art,
And in each stellar constellation
Beat an ancient legends heart.

If whispers stir the leaves and branches
Of the mighty Blackwood trees,
And in the dark I watch the wind
That bend the wattles to their knees.

How can I stand and hear the calling
Of the night’s elusive birds,
Or watch the silver shafts of moonlight
Without searching for the words?

If I could write these hills and valleys
Fable-like reality,
If only, oh if only
I could trap in words what I can see.

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  1. Date: 5/7/2015 4:56:00 AM
    Rauwolfia, Recently looked in on Poetry Soup again and went looking for your work. This was brilliant and I cannot believe it was your last posted piece. Are you still writing, if so where can I find more of your work....Ivor

    Davies Avatar Ivor Davies
    Date: 5/20/2015 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Looks like we are both poets who spend a little time (years) away from the soup. Good to see you back again....Ivor (2015)
  1. Date: 4/5/2015 11:45:00 AM
    woow so descriptive, so colourful , so beautiful loved it from start to finish

  1. Date: 11/1/2013 5:13:00 AM
    Isn't this just what true poets strive for and however close you get you hope the reader imagination captures not only the vision but the feelings aroused that cannot possibly be put into words. Luckily you are one of the poets that comes as near as is humanly possible to doing this...kudos

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 5:17:00 PM
    You have and you did. We struggle with the muse and sometimes win and sometimes lose. Great effort!

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 8:01:00 AM
    Great to read your work again Rauwolfia.I think all of feel the same as your last line. Well done .Anne

  1. Date: 2/15/2013 7:43:00 AM
    Excellent poetry, enjoyed your verse this morning xxxx