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Stone In The Cold-3

I face the final test of nature's truth.
The nights coming fast, I travel unheard.
The reverence I feel, was born in my youth,
tempered by sage, burnt offerings for birds.
Tormented by brambles whose thorns I collect
I come to remains of struggles long gone,
feathers and crushed bone, on these I reflect.
I'm hoping once more, my arms are still strong.
A pine marten scurries, close to my step,
the sweet scent of birch gum, his claws unearth.
My arrow's still sheathed, for creeks I have leapt.
Though I grow cold, my spirit is re-birthed.
Tracks at the creek, the water I savor
the thicket moves, my aim must not waver.


Copyright © James Marshall Goff

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  1. Date: 3/15/2014 10:11:00 AM
    Way to go !!! Great win...Sara

  1. Date: 3/15/2014 1:57:00 AM
    Congratulations on the fine with beautiful sonnet, Jimbo

  1. Date: 3/15/2014 1:10:00 AM
    Jimbo, Congratulations, on your Hunt for a Sonnet Gem. Awesomely done. ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 3/14/2014 10:14:00 PM
    James, beautifully constructed work. Congrats on your first place!

  1. Date: 3/14/2014 8:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on the James... Verlena

  1. Date: 2/10/2014 7:13:00 AM
    Hi Jimbo, I have a poet friend who writes nature poems and writes about hunting, I grew up shooting a gun for work purposes but I have never been hunting per see BUT I have come to appreciate the hunt through his and now your words, Lovely Sonnet, thanks for your comment on my poem love Jayne

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 5:28:00 PM
    nicely done, I love sonnets! Thanks for your comment at my site. Julie

  1. Date: 2/7/2014 5:16:00 PM
    Nice work...

  1. Date: 2/6/2014 8:36:00 PM
    You've got mail! : )

  1. Date: 1/28/2014 8:04:00 PM
    Jimbo a nice sonnet here. A hunter stalking his prey. Great Job.

  1. Date: 1/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
    I've never been a hunter, but everything here is described nicely with good rhyming.

  1. Date: 1/28/2014 11:14:00 AM
    Ah yes Jimbo...You have perfectly captured the thrill of the hunt and the peace of communing with nature in this gem. You references to bows and arrows reminds me of the movie 'Deliverence'...Jon Voight's character has a chance to shoot a deer but starts trembling violently and drops the bow...He does the same thing at the end when he attempts to kill the hillbilly which of course he does...NOT implying that happens to you - Tim

  1. Date: 1/27/2014 2:09:00 PM
    Hi James this is a wonderful sonnet, sorry not been by lately, but so many friends on hear and to little time, all the best Poetowen

  1. Date: 1/27/2014 7:48:00 AM
    Reads like a nice trek in the woods but not sure if it was in the past and not during this freezing cold weather..Enjoyed reading though this morn..Sara

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 8:29:00 PM
    An interesting verse. Thanks for posting.

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 3:04:00 PM
    Deb. David is right...want me to fix?

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 2:20:00 PM
    Jimbo, I love the content in this it stays firmly with the theme, if I may just say 6th line 11syll, 8th line 9syll, 11th line 9syll, but it may just be how I pronounce them, still a very good contender, well done...much better than mine...David

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 1:19:00 PM
    Awesome sonnet, Jimbo. I vote for this one! :) hugs, Catie :)