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If Love Does Not Live (Sonnet for Celene Crescent)

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If Love Does Not Live (Sonnet for Celene Crescent)

If love does not live so that love may live,
Wrecked on rugged rock like a pirate ship;
Tiresias speaks to hearts—no love to give,
Darkness and void with no inspired lips;

If love is quashed short of its golden prime,
Like dinosaurs smashed by a meteorite;
Crushed from its age of blossoming on time,
Like breath strangled from life not to unite!

Then O’ love, send me Pegasus to ride,
Spread your wings—lift us to Zeus in the sky;
Touching constellations with them abide,
Creating cherished crescendos for weepy eye:

Lightning life beaming love from golden clouds
Descending passion upon earth erasing shrouds!




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  1. Date: 2/2/2011 7:05:00 PM
    A beautiful poem... I'd like to see this one published...

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 11:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry X3 making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest Joseph. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 7:12:00 PM
    Congrats on making it through the first round of the Soup contest with THREE outstanding poems, Joseph! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 6:55:00 AM
    a great piece. I love the way you ended it. It really touched me. Thanks for your comments.

  1. Date: 6/20/2010 11:49:00 AM
    Fantastic sonnet, brother. I do not know one woman who wouldn't melt to such words.

  1. Date: 6/17/2010 3:16:00 PM
    I am sure Celene loves her sonnet. Very beautiful. Thank you for your comments. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 12:06:00 AM
    I really love this. Great sonnet of the mythology. Thank you for sharing it.

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 11:40:00 AM
    aVery great sonnet!! well done! did you see the clash of the titans? very vivid movie.

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 8:27:00 PM
    What a great sonnet you penned for Celene, Joseph! I can tell she was thrilled. You did Shakespeare proud! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 10:21:00 AM
    Wow, i simply love this one!, lovely write you have here, and the best of luck to you on the contest my friend... smiles:)

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 10:03:00 AM
    It's wonderful the way you wove mythology into this masterfully composed sonnet, Joseph! The ancient imagery was captivating and Celene's romantic writes deserved this fine tribute. I see she loves it too! Best wishes always, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 10:34:00 AM
    Please get as many people as possible to read Hush Missing Child. It would mean so much. <3

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 10:06:00 AM
    Very nice Sonnet Mr. Spence ! james

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 11:14:00 PM
    going tmfs!

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 11:13:00 PM
    I want to thankyou for taking your time to dedicate this beautiful sonnet to me,I'm blushing!'Then O'love send me pegasus to ride',Spread your wings,lift us to Zeus in the sky',I'm always impressed by Greek mythology and you touched the core of it,love it,Very honored and I thankyou so much for the golden clouds created just for me,thankyou Mr Spencer!Celene!

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 7:37:00 PM
    A perfect Shakespearean sonnet with perfect rhymes and the couplet summing up the theme. A nice dedication to a nice person from a nice man, Joseph.

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 3:36:00 PM
    I love your use of multiple alliterations in this beautiful sonnet about love. Great poem, just great...and thank you for your comment on my "Epilogue of Love". All the very best, Iolanda

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 2:22:00 PM
    Hello Rinki Nandy, I have never heard of poemhunter.com. However, I will check it out based on your recommendation. I am always interested in poetry, and will see what it has to offer. Blessings to you my friend! Thanks, Joseph

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 12:48:00 PM
    My dear friend, Celene, with just luv this Joseph.. beautiful words for a beautiful lady.. great dedication.. enjoyed.. creativity personified..with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 10:39:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Joseph. Wishing you the best always in your writing endeavors. Love, Carol

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