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A Spring Miracle

April's mist has filtered the early sunrise, Meadows spread their blankets of colored rainbows Newborn lambs have nestled in clover cradles, christened by dewdrops
___________________ By Carrie 3/17/15 For Craig's Contest: Sapphic Stanza Number Three

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Veritable Love

                               Their passion was so profound
                               He wept her tears
                               Before her sorrows struck

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Spring Promise

Spring Promise Longed-for joyous promise—our Spring delivers Budding Crocus, Pansy, Magnolia, Dogwood, Easter's symbol, Lily so white, arisen Life from dead Winter. Sandra M. Haight Contest: Sapphic Stanza Number Three Sponsor: Craig Cornish

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Holding Adonis In another place and another lifetime, gazing into eyes that gazed back with passion. Kissing you, loving you and how you touched me. Summer’s moon watched us. Are you in the world, my sweet lover? Are you? Have you gone the way of the gods before you? Blessed was I to hold you so closely. I was holding Adonis. For the "Guzzically Inspired Poetry Contest" Sponsored by Craig Cornish

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Crimson lips, lovers awaken with a kiss
Creamy white skinned Goddesses resting
In a time where Socrates lusted after Sappho's 
Poetry and art.
The Grecian people worshiped her with
her beauty and exquisite prose. On the wings
of her art she played enchanting music arranged 
for immortality.

Golden chariots in fields of apples bold,
yet, solitary like one fallen from the tree, 
Sappho wrote her memoirs and music
while exiled, her death unspoken.

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Gossamer Beauty

Harvest moon you welcome another season,
Leaving dreams of summer to winter's wishes.
Greens turn shades of orange and red and yellow -
     Mellow eve beckons.      
                                                                                                                                     Summer slowly floats with the leaves of autumn.
Morning's foggy haze rises off the river.
Hints of color peek from the shoreline forest -
     Gossamer beauty.

Written August 29, 2013

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Enter, June

Enter, June; I’m filled with anticipation. Flutter in on me! Like a lovely lark, come trilling. Weariness has been long time on my shoulders. Come thrill me! Bring with you the moon and your passion. Yes, the lovers’ moon that poets so often sing of. Winter brought me nothing but dreariness. I need to be glowing. Hurry, June, and bring very soon the summer’s sun, for spring has been endless rain upon my pane. Dispel the gloom! Please appear, dear June, and warmly embrace me.
For Deb's "Jack OUT of the Box" Contest a new form for me: Sapphic Stanzas

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Still Night

Still night, calm night, night ever quiet, peaceful,
Be thou always here when the day is over;
Restful, silent, filled with the fallen dewdrops,
Gleaming in moonlight.

Still night, calm night, graced with a starry frescoe--
Virgin, Hunter, Pleiades, cross of sorrow--
Keep thy tales forever as softly fettered,
Gleaming in starlight.

Written by Isaiah Zerbst

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Owls at Night - Sapphic Stanza


Night-birds fly in wellaway Moonlit darkness
constant friends of sacrosanct ancient marbles
croaking nature's auguries, spirit's quests are
intellect's symbols.

Ergo mourning canticles pray to Pallas 
sending eldritch clarions' warning message
shadow hermits skillful and nimble hunters
glorify wisdom.

© G.V., 09-03-2013

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Creatures of the Night

Chanting witches brewing their magic potions,
Howling werewolves hoping to feed on humans,
Vampires drinking blood as the moon is shining:
Forces of Darkness.

Jack Horne for Craig’s Sapphic Stanza contest

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on the horizon

Sunset painting velvety sky at nighttide
tones of red clouds shimmering above mountains
trace the downward spiral of wafting sunset 
replaced with darkness

Sandra Adams
craig Cornish` Sapphic Stanza Contest
fixed 3rd stanza thanks to Reason A. Poteet for
pointing out the mistake and his suggestion :)

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Sunset slipping behind the  blazing hillside
Curtain falling down on the dying daylight
Purple twilight drowning in streams of blackness
Beneath the moonlight.

Elaine George

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Summer Nights

Drifting darkly, memories swirling upward
snarled in spiders' frightfully webs spun, hoping
peace comes soon with fierceness. Her anti-venom
saves me from bug bites.


By: Nancy Jones
Sapphic Stanza Contest

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Spring in the quiet wood

The wood in spring quietly awaits sunlight
Wake up, wake up insists mother nature
End your gentle slumbering, winter has gone
Show us your beauty

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Why tread on me

We hold these truths people secure above all                                                                We the people evidence mounts around us                                                                    To contrary for some in order are rights                                                                    Altered by greed

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In the Realm of Luna

Shadows softly creep in the realm of Luna. Twilight gleams; the goddess appears in glory after Sun has sunk into mountains’ valley. Peacefulness gathers. . . . Clouds disperse; the queen’s entourage comes twinkling. All the stars are equal in Luna’s heaven. Even those that fall from the sky are wished on. Dreams light their kingdom. Written 8/29/13 by Andrea Dietrich for the SAPPHIC STANZA Contest of Craig Cornish

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in praise of autumn

dancing icy underfoot crackle pathways
moonlight loves the feminine presence prescience
laughter singing prayerful chants of thank you
ritual nurture

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Diamond sky

      Fading light of golden sun leaves the sky in
  flames of bright red, soon  sun  sinks,  moon then rises,
    Rules the night as lights glitter  while stars blaze on
                 beautiful diamonds

Joseph May

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Trochee, Trochee

Falling drifting leaves by the wind blown around
Crashing rolling waves the sound sighing echoes
Sadness hollow winter comes whipping nature
Chilling the ground solid

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Impatient Lover

                                          IMPATIENT LOVER

                                    Rise up my love from rowdy camaraderie of friends
                                    longing am I for your rich
                                    Following the shepherd’s path
                                                                            I pause.

                                   Humming the tune of the morning dove who
                                       Celebrates the creation that is your
                                                                    Beloved smile.

                                        Scented with honeysuckle is my hair
                                     glistening in harmony with the almond 
                                        oil anointed on my skin.

                                      Leave me here alone no more.
                                      Cold grows the night, my love.
                           Howling are the wolves, scratching at the door.
                                 Join me in our moonlit home that crowns the hills.

                            Whistle, alert your lean strong hounds.
                           Bounding they will follow you home
                                Encircling us in safety for this
                                      our night of perpetual joy
                          where, as pups bay moon-dazzled,
                                   Together we will dream

                          With you each breath blossoms--exhaling date sweet joy,
                            Rise up to meet my craving,
                                 Forget the servant standing silent at the door--                                     
                                                     linger but a moment--
                          Thrilled and a-tingling 
                           I await our heaven-passioned joy.

                                     Entrapped forever by the breezes
                                                 good and ill     
                              Dancing in ecstasy we are feathers on the wind.

                                Twirling in sync as 
                                  each precious breath
                                      magnifies delight.

V Anderson-Throop 2014

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Through a glazed nightfall shimmering on meadows
Gold rays, moontones, widescreen-to-sky entices
When stars bloom freely on southern hour, find me
Tracing dusk's lattice

Catch the mist aflight before the glow withers
While basin of light reaches its finale,
Then my skin will begin to memorize
One nocturnal trail

For Craig Cornish: Sapphic Stanza Contest
by: nette onclaud

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I Leaped

I Leaped
     By Dane Smith-Johnsen

Saw my life indisputably clinging to a past night. 
Saw my hopes fall downward, as my heart lay broken.
Ripped asunder like petals of a buttercup, strewn.
Vanished with the wind.

Saw my dreams undeniably showing in the moonlight.
Saw my mind rebounding and life’s paths ricochet.
Turned, I, somewhere to a place that in God I knew not.
Lost in the landscape.

Saw my soul distinctly crying, dying without insight.
Saw my lone self-sinking in a crest’s avalanche.
Plunging quickly as a geyser whose power lost might. 
Steaming with duty.

Saw my Father understandingly reach down from above.
Felt the strength of loving as He held out His hand. 
Leaped I safely to the bosom of His arms that day.
Praying, by faith, home.

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                  PLANNING ADULTERY

Heard his footstep spring upon the stair and stop--
Heard his hand upon the cold brass knob ...and click--
Held her arms as open as her wandering heart could bear--
Heralded her fall...

Victoria Anderson-Throop
Dec 25, 2012

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tears like rain

 Did we weep when winter met its icy death,
or mourn when autumn had its fall, but when the 
summer came with sunny days and  then  it died 
our tears fell like rain

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The Shoals

Walking, talking and skipping stones by the shoals
Caress, hug me  tender while shining bold eyes
Sparkle, playful promises until fall fades
Sensibility flew

Example:  Red cheeked boyfriends tenderly kiss me sweet mouthed
under Boulder coverlets winter springtime
hug me naked laughing & telling girl friends
gossip til autumn
RED cheeked BOY/friends TEN/der/ly KISS me SWEET mouthed
UN/der BOUL/der COV/er/lets WIN/ter SPRING/time
HUG me NA/ked LAUGH/ing and TELL/ing GIRL friends

        GOS/sip til AU/tumn