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The Settlement of the Four Ligures

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The Settlement of the Four Ligures

The stones slipped through the great fingertips of God
Each ligure staked its existence on the four corners of the universe
The quadrivial region began to spin and pull into a sphere
And pathways revealed their footholds 

The fourth ligure bravely landed in the midst of history
So that one day the future settlement of the second 
Would be moved by the last—by the past
Suffering much it stayed
Manifesting in incandescent words
Thrusting evanescence upon the weak
Selfless, it's sorrow would move the merriest
Would move the unmovable

The third lies in the profound valley of mystical guardians
Star-recruited, they are the very light above the canvas of gray
They embrace the stone—are inspired by the stone  
The very reflection of their creator was evident
Upon their unremitting glimmers
Unafraid to stare the others down
Motivated and construed by the glower of death
Eyes move fixedly beyond the simple vast

The second ligure rested upon the shoulders of invisible martyrs 
The hopeful power it planted on the sufferers was unbelievable
For spectators used their disbelief to cover their ever-placed envy
They never were part of the battle—they merely watched
Always seeing truth
But they never quite absorbed
Like a rock hitting the water
The inevitable fate was to fly and sink

The first of the ligures settled in the very reservoir of Satan himself
Even the very heart of the devil is marked
Though rebellion embarked  
The cold stone landed upon his naked bosom
He despaired not to the pericopal truth the gods had bestowed upon him
He merely despised it
But wished not to lose it
For such a stone to fall upon that dark corner—he felt pride for the gracious wound

In truth, there are twelve ligures of stone 
And four were dispersed, dropped into the universe
The last eight the great Eternal wears upon his breastplate 
And only He can re-move these ligures

-July 20, 2013-
-For Shadow Himilton's Any Subject Contest-
-Thanks for the inspiration-

Copyright © Laura Breidenthal

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  1. Date: 8/1/2013 3:10:00 PM
    A very sophisticated composition with admirable vocabulary - the continuity of theme is carried well and bravely - epic compositions require true self confidence with you display vigorously herein - the way your describe Satan's demeanor is believable, memorable - J.A.B. %

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 9:45:00 AM
    Hi Laura, very deep,.... Congratulations, in the any subject contest... have yourself a sweet day... LINDA

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 3:44:00 AM
    good vocabulary great topic, this hit me like "a rock hitting the water"!

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 12:25:00 AM
    Brilliant, congrats ....Seren

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 11:49:00 PM
    Laura, this is another strong poem from you. Congratulations on your high placement. You took the mandatory keywords of the contest, and went with them full-tilt into fresh creativity.

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 7:52:00 PM
    You did an amazing job here a big congrats for your winning verse xxx

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 6:29:00 PM
    Laura, Congratulations on your awesome win. love ~ SKAT~ ...

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 5:50:00 PM
    Laura congratulations on your fantastic win. This is excellent poem well deserved placement. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 6:42:00 AM
    This is beyond exceptional, a truly magnificent poem my personal favorite for the contest.. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 3:38:00 AM
    congrats on 2nd place ty for entering my contest Shadow x smiles

    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 7/26/2013 5:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much! It was fun to write. Always, Laura
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 10:04:00 AM
    I don't think we will ever have all the stones. There are some things that because of our limited view, we can not comprehend. The way you describe this in your poem is insightful. It's as good an explanation as any as how we got to this point.

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 8:57:00 PM
    This is quite a startling poem. What is a ligure? I would understand this work better if I knew. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 7/20/2013 10:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I sent you a comment explaining a bit. They are basically stones, the way I meant them to be anyway.
    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 7/20/2013 10:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for reading my friend. ~Laura
  1. Date: 7/20/2013 8:30:00 PM
    Laura, hope the ligures are removed. interesting........ SKAT

    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 7/20/2013 10:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks SKAT. Glad you are around to review. You are a very talented poet. ~Laura