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Dante's Path

Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Dante Alighieri -"The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto I"

Oh seed of Dante, does thy path
in mid-life's turning gone astray
upon a sylvan darkness hath
to tread a rut with feet of clay?

Wast thou that youth of virtue pure
who bargained not with Judgment Day
untempered green convictions sure
before life's tests induced decay?

Did compromise and circumstance
thy dreams of glory put away
to promise them a second chance
if thou but wouldst concede delay?

Rejoice upon thy wisdom learned!
With youth's illusions purged away
there's still a kingdom to be earned.
Persist, persist, and find the way!

(Iambic tetrameter)

Roy Jerden June 28, 2014

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  1. Date: 9/2/2014 8:25:00 AM
    Remember reading this wonderful poem of yours earlier too! Glad to see on winners list again Roy! Big congrats!

  1. Date: 9/1/2014 8:03:00 AM
    Congratulations and thank you so much for always being quick to respond to me with your help and consideration. God bless you and love and prayers, Gina

  1. Date: 9/1/2014 5:25:00 AM
    Very creative and informative write for me, Congrats, Roy

  1. Date: 9/1/2014 1:50:00 AM
    Well earned win. congratulations.

  1. Date: 8/31/2014 8:50:00 PM
    Persist, persist and find the way. Well written and very nice. I enjoyed reading it. Congratulations Roy.

  1. Date: 7/13/2014 12:05:00 PM
    Grats on your win Roy :) :)

  1. Date: 7/12/2014 4:01:00 PM
    well done, roy.. cheers to you for a well-deserved win!.. huggs

  1. Date: 7/12/2014 4:35:00 AM
    Great poet u relate to Roy! Magnificent write,, congrats on huge win!

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 7:49:00 PM
    You have eloquently described the yin and yang of a life's journey. If we can only remember what we forgot. Angels and demons, beyond the human ability to perceive. Congrats on persisting towards the end goal. Peace. :)

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 6:22:00 PM
    persist, persist and find a way, Roy, this is such a lovely take. I find it better than mine. I think Craig was more generous with me. this poem goes as my fav. with top rating of 7. congrats for the win .Mohan

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 2:38:00 PM
    You dove deep and came up with treasure Roy...well written

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 1:34:00 PM
    Congratulations, Roy. I loved your reference to Dante, a poet I have studied and admire. // paul

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 1:04:00 PM
    Congratulations, Roy, on your win in Craig's contest. Well written with great advice.

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 12:31:00 PM
    Classical and informative..:) awesome! Kudos Roy.. :)

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 10:42:00 AM
    A very deep forest you have taken us through, Roy.. Loved it! Congrats on a great win my friend!.. Hugs.. Arlene

  1. Date: 7/11/2014 10:34:00 AM
    Just perfect Roy.Congrad's on your Win Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/5/2014 10:36:00 PM
    Oh YES Roy! One of the best entries I have read so far! I would hope this would be a top winner!

  1. Date: 6/28/2014 10:03:00 PM
    Good one! Ill bet I see it on the winner's list. G