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Longer Shadows of the Moon

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Longer Shadows of the Moon

He is caught between one life and another
while my pain lengthens like a shadow of the moon
We are like leaves, played with by the wind

O lengthening dark vision
reaching across our lives
It came, at last, without a sound...
his leave taking came without a word,
but we both heard it in the silence....

His world is in the palm of his hand
and my world is this moment that does not move

O furtuna, sternit fortem
O furtuna, rota tu volubillis

Never was he mine, never was he not mine
The child, no longer, child that bends and sways
My eyes reflect the clouds upon the sky
for he reaches out a hand upon my crown 
and I feel the gentle warmth upon my head

A knowing hand of man, not boy, that once I vowed to keep
must leave and know that I will weep
as if I am the child, ....not he,...instead 

O fortuna, velut luna 
Statu variabillis, semper crescis, aut decrescis;

I force a smile, and watch him fly away
Quod per sortem .... Sternit fortem,
never was he mine, never was he not mine

For Deb's Contest: Bi-Lingual
Latin translated
O Fortuna (O Fortune)
Velut luna (like the moon)
Statu variabilis (you are changeable)
Semper crescis (ever waxing)
Aut decrescis; (and waning;)                                
Quod per sortem (since Fate)
Sternit fortem, (strikes down the string)                     
 Rota tu volubilis, (you whirling wheel)
Corde pulsum tangite; (pluck the vibrating strings;)
Quod per sortem (since Fate)
Sternit fortem, (strikes down the string)

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  1. Date: 9/1/2012 11:29:00 AM
    CARRIE, , Congratulations, with your awesome entry in DEBBIE'S Bi-Lingual Poetry CONTEST.. All these entries were fun to read.. thank you for the entertainment, ta ta ~PD

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 7:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win with this stunning piece, Carrie! A resonant subject that you've handled beautifully. Best wishes, Mikki

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 10:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Debbie Guzzi's "Bi-Lingual Poetry" contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 9:42:00 AM
    A very moving and profound piece and every line says deserving of a win ......well up to your usual standards Carrie ....well done and congratulations

  1. Date: 8/30/2012 7:08:00 AM
    Congratulations on another worthy win Carrie xx

  1. Date: 8/29/2012 9:56:00 PM
    Congratulations on an excellent poem.

  1. Date: 8/29/2012 7:32:00 PM
    Well done, congratulations on your win. Such talent. Lee

  1. Date: 8/29/2012 7:17:00 PM
    Hey this is a gem! ***** a five star write to my fav's I had no idea this was was spell binding. Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 8:43:00 PM
    Excellent write Carrie, I loved it. vie

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 8:26:00 PM
    Fantastic combination of latin and english. Debbie should really like your poem.