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If e're we could move that mountain from between thee and me,
where would be lament or reason to grieve?
How remove the hollow from the tree, or shore from the sea?
What left would there be?
What if ere the beam lost it's moon.
Or lovely Autumn raiment lost it's tree? What then would it be?
Can one sow the seed without the land?
Would this be what Powers planned?

The grief, the longing, oh, the heartfelt gaze,
The strife the loneliness, but a soulful phase.
A mountain surmountable, a hollow fulfilled,
A sea able to be, a beam again spilled.

A stage again for raiment,... a fertile valley for seed.
Our love could not be boundless without the bonds of these.

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  1. Date: 10/5/2011 11:12:00 PM
    Lovely Robert, the muse lit his fuse and we were enchanted. I have lots to read, you are so prolific!

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 10:31:00 PM
    Upon reading this, my first thought was to comment on its beauty. However, looking down upon the multitude of comments, I realize that praise is unnecessary. I shall settle by thanking you, for that is truly necessary.

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 10:39:00 AM
    Enjoyed this one very much. I'm a traditionalist, an old fart who's trapped in the old-age museum Ah, but the museum is marvelous...Bach, Beethoven, Ravel....Dorsey, Goodman...Leonardo, Kandinski, Cezanne. Love, daver

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 12:41:00 AM
    I agree with Frank. I've read this one again and again; found that I'd placed it in my favorites more than once. There's no way to adequately describe; superlatives pale, almost demean. All we can do is point toward its elegance and feel humbled by the grace that brought us to contemplate this most thought provoking issue from your pen. I don't know the works of the classical poets, but I'm most certain history will show that you, Robert Dufresne, stand as great as even the best of them.

  1. Date: 1/29/2010 4:20:00 AM
    Robert, this write is fantastic...Thank you for sharing it =) Also, thank you for your heart-felt comments.. Take good care... Always, Farah

  1. Date: 1/28/2010 11:02:00 PM
    A beautiful work that flowed with steady rhythm throughout. A real sound of Poetry. Full of emotion that took a second reading to excellent poem.. thank you for sharing...Margaret

  1. Date: 1/28/2010 12:13:00 PM
    beautiful, hopeful

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 9:56:00 PM
    this is quite a beautiful sonnet, Robert, and I too do not give high praise easily. Although I do not usually prefer archaic language in poetry, it worked well in this particular piece because it was very classic "sounding" as a whole. And the images were so awesome. Loved the line "what if ere the beam lost its moon" An interesting way to "turn the phrase around" VERY NICE. Andrea

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 8:15:00 PM
    This is really thought provoking, Robert--I enjoyed the challenge that your questions posed, and to be written in such a beautiful manner, makes for such an enjoyable read--thanks for sharing and I agree--your last line is just profound...wonderful, wonderful write, goes to my faves ;) thanks btw for all your comments and greetings :)

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 6:11:00 PM
    very nice but different.How was your day?I hope a good one.I posted a new poem.

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 4:55:00 PM
    Excellent poem..I love the message in the last verse:Our love could not be boundless without the bonds Of these"..So true..Indeed a good writing..Charma

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 2:58:00 PM
    Wow Robert. This write is truly amazing. So many questions that have so many answers. I am truly inspired by your writings to continue my own. You take care and keep the pen flowing - Robert :)

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 4:13:00 AM
    Interesting rhythmn in this one. Interesting questions asked. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 1/26/2010 10:05:00 PM
    This is a very profound write, Robert! I love the last 4 lines especially. "A fertile valley for seed" Much meaning to that, my friend. Love this sonnet very much. Goes to my fav. Thanks for sharing. Be well, Caroline.

  1. Date: 1/26/2010 7:47:00 PM
    Lilting words of your Sonnet.. a form I have not yet tried... interesting and mysterious write.. luv it... thankxxx for your many comments on my poetry tonight... appreciate your input.. to my work... luv.. blessings... Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 1/26/2010 7:21:00 PM
    This is like reading some ancient book by the masters....ooh wow Robert. Really wonderful ! you are right up there with the great ones in this's a beauty! I can't thank you enough for your kind words on my poetry....but honestly...this is not just a "pay-back" compliment....this is such a worthy poem...I love it! Well done! ~ Carrie