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The Long Wintered Heart

The seasons of the heart stop turning
When last the coals of hope quit burning...

   The long wintered heart doth endow
   Slumber, waiting for spring to come
   Like the field that awaits the plow
   Or, a seed that waits to become.

But no plow can break that frozen ground
Nor, can precious seeds of love be found...

   It's a land where hope has vanished
   That place called the long wintered heart
   Where spring is forever banished
   And, where winter never departs.

A dying land refusing to die
Frozen from pain beneath ashen skies...

    A barren land with no cities
    That's crowned a clown for it's king
    A clown robed in blue self pity
    Like, a blue bird that cannot sing.

No birds sing, no kingdom for the king
No summer's growth, no hope for a queen...

    Yes, I know of this wintered place
    In that wasteland there rules a clown
    Who stole my name, and wears my face
    With my smile painted upside down.

                                     Timothy I. Brumley

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  1. Date: 4/11/2014 7:44:00 AM
    Timothy, that's what fascinated me, your experimentation in meter. I've re-read this poem four times, picking up on your variations. Meter and rhyme are where I derive my greatest enjoyment I will get excited and write to fast and post, when I should let the poem "rest", an hour or day. I spent 12 years taking care of my mom. She passed away last year. Until one becomes a caregiver, they'll never understand the dedication & stamina involved. My heartfelt thoughts go with you YF Gene Bourne.

    Brumley Avatar Timothy Brumley
    Date: 4/11/2014 7:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I would sometimes do the same thing Gene, its best to write your poems and save them in a draft first and then go back several times before posting. The mark of a good poet is someone who creates different rhyme schemes with unique structuring and ideas which flow with ease and perfection. Most of my best poems just came to me in a moment of inspiration but many I struggled with so there's no set pattern to greatness I'm afraid. The best thing is to write what you know best.
  1. Date: 4/11/2014 4:12:00 AM
    I was attracted to this poem by its title. When the poem pulled up, I was taken by its construction. I soon discovered the rewards after reading this beautiful poem. As a new member I noticed the comments lamenting your absence of late. After reading only three of your poems, I fully understand why. Your friend, Gene Bourne.

    Brumley Avatar Timothy Brumley
    Date: 4/11/2014 6:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Gene, I was experimenting with the rhyme scheme here with the idea of bringing two different trains of thought together both represented by two different rhyme schemes and arriving at the same conclusions with a twist ending. I like to mix things up sometimes and am always looking for unique patterns of rhyme and pentameter. I have not been led to write anything new for quite sometimes now and spend a lot of time taking care of my 80 yr old mother.
  1. Date: 4/24/2013 11:01:00 AM
    There is no crueler ruler than winter. poor bluebird that cannot sing. I am new here and have enjoyed reading your work. Hope you find your way back here.... It seems you are missed. Light to your heart, SuZ

  1. Date: 11/20/2011 7:22:00 PM
    You know Tim, you are such a gifted writer and I hate to see you not doing it any more. I stop by every so often to have a pick me up and I always enjoy reaidng your poems. I loved this one and the last verse is phenomenal for sure.

  1. Date: 8/31/2010 10:08:00 PM
    "bleak skies", now that is winter, well written Tim.

  1. Date: 8/13/2010 9:49:00 AM
    Very insightful write, Tim. No wonder you did well in Paula's contest. Congratulations! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/13/2010 1:25:00 AM
    Hi Timothy :) -- very interesting way of answering the question and I enjoyed the metaphors you used here-- "wintered heart" is just so vivid for me-- congrats btw for your win!! & hmmm thanks, I think I've recovered from that stroke- tenk yu; orr denn agen, mebi noht!! aaack dees ees puruhbubbly sumtin elsss!!! --neeckaw ;)

  1. Date: 8/12/2010 6:23:00 PM
    Nice one,, enjoying your writes hope your days going well...P.D.

  1. Date: 8/12/2010 10:52:00 AM
    Congratulations Tim on your win in Paula Swanson's contest "How Do I Answer That Question ". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 11:42:00 PM
    Tim, this is such a lovely poem..with so many great phrases..the last line is a killer. Congrats. BG

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 10:50:00 PM
    Great poem and answer. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 9:31:00 PM
    congratulations on your win Timothy, enjoyed this poem, so much in every word. Harry

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 8:47:00 PM
    Congrats Timothy on your winning poem in Paula's contest with this exquisite write and impressive piece for her contest.. enjoy anotheer special victory my friend..with luv..

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 8:38:00 PM
    Congrats on the win, Tim

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 12:52:00 PM
    Intriguing write Timothy.. enjoyed a special creative piece from your gifted pen today.. Ireland is a lovely country and your last four lines speak volumes to the content of the poem..luv..

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 10:18:00 AM
    What wonderful poetry I am reading today and so diverse. I have not read a bad poem yet today. I am enjoying reading each and everyone from old poets and new poets alike. Lots of amazing contest entries also. Thank you for sharing yours with us today Tim. Love, Carol