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Hope Deferred

Again I shield my eyes from ocean's spray
While lifting eyes of hope to search the sea
But seas and skies are endless, troubled grey

My hope deferred; how often must it be?
I'd give my life to see him safely home
And all once more his windswept face to see

"And what," I ask, "compels my love to roam?"
But only wind blows keenly on my ear
While here I stand -- forsaken for the foam

My hope deferred gives way to tho'ts of fear
A ship alone, perhaps not still afloat
Yet still I wait, and hope he cometh near

A sail I see! and greet with hopeful smile
But hope deferred - must wait for yet a while

Based on Brition Riviere's painting, "Hope Deferred".

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  1. Date: 1/23/2014 4:46:00 PM

    would you like to work on a Crown of Sonnets with us? read my blog please. Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 11:28:00 AM

    This poem is perfectly rhymed in ten syllable verses. I compare this rhyming with italian eleven syllable verses I usually compose and I see that english language too sounds very well. The description of the painting is effective, but I believe that deeper thoughts might have been considered to transform such a beautyful way of rhyming in a masterpiece. Isaiah, you are certainly able to do!

  1. Date: 9/6/2013 4:03:00 PM

    Wonderful work! I loved this poem! Thank you for suggesting it....And, I see what you mean about this poem...Thank you for all of the constructive criticism on my poem, "Mystic Moon" You are amazing at that! How are you able to see all of that?...I appreciate it, nevertheless! :)

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 8:19:00 PM

    Lovely and romantic--the idea of waiting behind while one's loved one roams--makes a good romantic theme well done.

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 6:41:00 PM

    Congrats on your winning poem!

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 6:33:00 PM

    Outstanding poem and congratulations on a well deserved wind. Your poetry is just fabulous and classic. Have a splendid evening...:)

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 1:26:00 PM

    Enjoyed reading your winning entry...Congrats...I enjoyed viewing Briton Riviere's paintings..Sara

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 3:51:00 PM

    A sonnet par excellence, congrats on your 1st place win xxx

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 12:28:00 PM

    Congratulations in placing 1st in the contest Isaiah, with this wonderful write. I enjoyed the read~ Caryl

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 6:57:00 AM

    Congratulations, Isaiah! Are you perhaps a sailor? Inspired by Poseidon or Aelous, father and son. Enjoyed this regardless of the win, maybe it was the wind....I am on this aeolian kick. Have you read The Aeolian Harp by Coleridge?

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 6:27:00 AM

    Again you rule with meter Isaiah and the story told is very creative. Thank you for this entry--Congrats

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 8:21:00 PM

    Excellent writing Isaiah. Congratulations on a big win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:01:00 PM

    Congratulations Isaiah, take care ~ SKAT ~

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 5:04:00 PM

    wow this is amazing Isaiah!!! I'm honored to be sharing the winning spot with you! :) Congratulations!

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 4:47:00 PM

    congrats on a great win

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 4:13:00 PM

    hey, the one I FAVED has won. YAYYYY, Craig has good taste! Congrats.

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 2:24:00 PM

    A wonderful description of that painting! Laura :)

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 7:07:00 PM

    I'm back again, Isaiah, to say another big thank you for my placement in your contest! You are the best at writing for your own contest ideas ! this is proof of that!! Thanks again!

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 6:46:00 PM

    Nicely written

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 9:56:00 AM

    Beautifully written.

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 8:30:00 AM

    Brilliant! I'm a sucker for the ocean, so I loved this right away. This form is NOT easy, yet you managed to nail the meter, rhyme, and "turning point" that Craig described in his contest details. You are the king of iambic pentametre. There's always something to learn from your poetry!

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 2:33:00 PM

    My gosh, Isaiah, this is amazing. How did I not see it before. FAVE!!!

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 3:41:00 PM

    Your poems based on these paintings, are wonderful......we are able to see it with our mind's eye ! :)

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 3:45:00 PM

    Glad to see you posting again..I love the story in your poem about someone so dear whose lost at sea..but the ending is full of hope cause a sail afar you see.Wonderful poem..and Im not going to ask you to kiss and hug rossetta again..Maybe bittercup? : )

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 2:58:00 PM

    You are a gifted writer, Isaiah. Every form you try comes out well. Best wishes in the contest. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 2:32:00 PM

    What a lovely wonderful poem! Very nicely done. :)

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 9:01:00 AM

    This is an exceptional write.. so many hidden meanings. The visuals make the reader accurately aware of the oceans vast mystery-- hope and deferred hope.

  1. Date: 7/14/2013 8:03:00 PM

    Your an artist Isiah, and a writer with a great vision, I always enjoy your writes, xxx

  1. Date: 7/14/2013 7:46:00 PM

    This is really good..I find this form difficult..but you got it just right. BG