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Her soul is cold and dull;
limber limbs grow numb at love's undoing.
Songbirds no longer trill
in gay abandon, sadness spoils their tune.
Winter's blast is coming
with full force, dark days of unfilled longing.

Despair, the too-sharp pang,
unfastens quick the glow of happiness,
defrocks the breast of care
and locks all feeling trapped within the heart
to wither, shorn of hope
that blessed joy will make a re-appearance.

Flowers bear no fragrance,
the gentle breath of leaves blows no repose
for the broken spirit,
till a chance encounter brings the blessing
of a fresh departure,
her heart in blither mood, her soul reborn!

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  1. Date: 1/19/2013 9:08:00 AM
    Keith - My gosh there is an undeniable theme here along with your most recent poems. This one moves so smoothly again with hints of the late 1800's and early 1900's which I love so much. Your meter and form so seemingly crafted that I had to read again to fully appreciate the art. I was taken over by the subject. I love this. Kathy

  1. Date: 1/10/2013 12:13:00 PM
    Beautiful and profound poem!

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 10:36:00 AM
    I enjoyed your lovely poem, Keith. - New year and new possibilities, hope it will be a good year for you and all your loved ones - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 6:20:00 AM
    Hey Keith... great write! Enjoyed it! Have a happy and prosperous 2013, Jack

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 3:11:00 PM
    You always weave your poems wish beauty sensitivity and insight, enjoyed your poem Keith, your poems are always a pleasure to read, xxx

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 2:25:00 PM
    such sadness at first that i was relieved to read the ending (i guess i should have paid more attention to the title!). a beautifully written poem, as always. ~ looking forward to reading more from you in this new year, keith!