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The Signal

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The Signal

The castle tower stands there tall and proud,
Awaiting for your safely coming home,
Just as I do, with tears that freely flow;
Salt water tears that pool are not my own,
The salty ocean droplets sting the eyes.
I am alone, in sorrows well nigh drowned,
And you alone, amongst the raging tides.
This white cloth waves to you amid the winds
That blow your ship to my own sandy shore--
My heart a wind-tossed stormy cloud no more.

Up here beside the stately castle wall,
Enfolded safely home within your arms,
The tears that from my eyes unbidden fall
Reflect your face alight with joys and charms:
There lie forgotten all my dread alarms.
I am with you, by jubilation drowned,
And you with me, the waves a distant sound.







Written by: Kelly Deschler & Isaiah Zerbst

For Shadow Hamilton's "Team Work" contest.
September 7, 2013 - September 14, 2013

Forms: Iambic Pentameter & Rhyme Royal 

Based on the painting of the same title by William Powell Frith, 1858

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  1. Date: 9/2/2014 8:19:00 AM
    Great work Kelly! A poetic marvel that was sure to win! Big congrats my dear!

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/6/2014 12:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your wonderful and encouraging comments, Dr. Upma. I also appreciate the kind congrats! :)
  1. Date: 9/1/2014 10:21:00 PM
    I see our poem is getting around. Almost like I get to enter twice! Congrats to you on both of your recent winning places!

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/6/2014 12:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the nice comments and kind congrats, Isaiah. I appreciate it very much.... I just thought it was time to revive our poem, and get it out there for some of the newer poets to read. You deserve a part of the congrats, too!
  1. Date: 9/1/2014 5:12:00 AM
    Visiting again to congratulate you for another great win, Kelly

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/3/2014 8:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for visiting this poem, once again. I really appreciate your kind congrats, Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 9/1/2014 1:36:00 AM
    I love happy endings. congratulations on your win.

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/3/2014 8:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So do I, Joyce. I'm glad that you enjoyed this poem. Thank you very much for the kind congrats!
  1. Date: 8/31/2014 8:22:00 PM
    Congratulations Kelly. Very nice well written poem.

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/3/2014 8:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your nice comments and kind congrats, Brenda. I appreciate it very much!
  1. Date: 8/31/2014 5:53:00 PM
    Kelly, congratulations on your victory and carefully composed Iambic pentameter and rhyme royal. I look forward to see you participating in my next contest. G.

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/3/2014 1:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much for including me on your winner's list, Giorgio. I also appreciate your nice comments. :)
  1. Date: 8/30/2014 1:55:00 AM
    Congrats on the win, Kelly. Great inspirations you got from Shelleys.

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/3/2014 12:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Dr. Ram.... Percy and Mary Shelley are two of my favorite writers, and it is tragic that their union was ended so abruptly. I can only imagine the pain that she must have felt....
  1. Date: 8/29/2014 7:59:00 PM
    great job , you two!! You made it so romantic with the symbols of castle tower and the ocean. I really love that final couplet!!

  1. Date: 8/29/2014 12:23:00 PM
    Very lovely poem Kelly! Loved reading this amazing winning write! Big congrats!

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 8/31/2014 10:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am so glad you loved this poem, Dr. Upma. Thank you so much for the nice comments and kind congrats!
  1. Date: 8/29/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Kelly, Congratulations, on your awesome win. A wonderful and sweet poem, True Love, it is!!! Thank you for supporting my contest. Enjoy my blog "I'm Standing Behind You" if you like or have the time. Enjoy the coming week. LOVE LINDA

  1. Date: 12/30/2013 11:18:00 PM
    Kelly This is a poem so full of emotion and feeling. My heart was being pulled in all directions from beginning to end. A love tale that will last for all time. Nice job Thanks for the new year wishes. Hugs

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 12/31/2013 7:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much for the wonderful comments, Robin!
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 8:48:00 PM
    A well designed iambic pentameter with excellent cadence and rhyming. Great imagery, and powerful phrasing full of strong emotion. BRAVO Kelly!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Hey, I just noticed that we placed with our collaborative poem! Congratulations! Thank you for working with me and making such a good team.

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 5:51:00 PM
    Kelly, I must say that the first thoughts that came to me in reading this magnificent work was Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. You have captured the meaning of their love in what you have penned here. This is a masterpiece worth framing and should pass the test of time. I am touched and am speechless. This should rank high in the contest.... Congrats to you and Isaiah.... Great work...... Jake

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 9/29/2013 8:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    When I was writing this poem, I thought of Mary and Percy Shelley. However, the happy ending did not happen for her.
  1. Date: 9/27/2013 3:32:00 AM
    This beautiful piece tugged at the heart, it's presence stronger from the great Iambic Pentameter form you chose to write to in this instance. To then note that this was a combined effort added to the strength of the piece again - for it is quite a feat to acheive mutual grounds and fall to each others side to pace the piece without anyone knowing... Well done both! Bravo!

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 5:15:00 PM
    Very nicely done Kelly, very nice indeed...peter

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 9:25:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful write tonight and thank you for your comments on my recent works.

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 12:48:00 PM
    Loved the flowing stream.....it had a message which connected.

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 11:41:00 AM
    Excellent team-work and beautiful piece; kudos to both of you! Hope you guys win! ;)

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 4:21:00 AM
    Heart rending piece Kelly. Well done!

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