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A Stone in the Cold

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A Stone in the Cold

Through darkness there comes a stealthy hand
Here, what shadows of man could be so bold?
The eyes of a hunter reckoning land
Into the deep hollows, constant and cold

Companion of solitude, patient stone
He is the seeker of winds, and of scent
By the trees yonder, he waits not alone
His aim is true, and his purpose unbent

Yet, death will not bring a smile to his lips
Nor a lift unto his wayfaring heart
In grief he is fed, from silence he sips
And from the old woods, he shall never part

The hunt will remain for those who pursue
a life that no death could ever undo













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  1. Date: 3/17/2014 3:37:00 AM
    "a life no death could ever undo" are words that speak to my soul... I thank you for the writing Caleb, Brian

  1. Date: 3/12/2014 12:25:00 PM
    Rereading this beauty....and I can feel the hunter through those winds..through solitude..through darkness..Searching to survive..You did a fantastic job..Waiting for something new..maybe?

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 12:58:00 PM
    When the depths of darkness cloaks the light. Unanswered questions never sound right. Repression quells the spirit seeker. With essence of the mild and meeker. Love these kind of writes Caleb. Peace. :)

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 8:07:00 PM
    Caleb you need to enter this in my contest so I can close it hon and label it sonnet 1 so folks can read the winners in order. I'm waiting for you. Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 12:20:00 PM
    cont'd thank you, it truly means so much to me, what you say about my poems-- I don't write as much these days, so getting comments such as yours is very heartening. And no, I am not offended at all-- I also find it humorous/freaky/crazy, how it happened, stepping on 2 lizards, heck-- maybe it happens to everybody??? Thank you for trying to make me feel better, saying it was an accident, maybe there's a lizard heaven. I;m just banned from it, oh shucks!!

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 12:17:00 PM
    This was your first sonnet ever? Way to go for you! I am meter deaf and sonnet writing is just so hard for me, but as I read this, I just found this to be so good, for me it flowed so well, and I really enjoyed reading it-- and you really were able to share here with us the perspective and heart of a hunter... it sure was intriguing to see this crown of sonnets get formed- I tried writing for the 5th stanza, put in a huntress as a twist, but I deleted it, I just didn't feel it was good enough. thank you for passing by my poems & shucks, you faved both?

  1. Date: 2/24/2014 3:52:00 PM
    Awesome poem. I can so feel you in this piece. I feel the hunt and the hunter and you described it so well- expressed it so articulately. Well done; whisking this off to me "faves". Fantastic poem and kudos :)

  1. Date: 2/20/2014 8:14:00 PM
    I love this.. Would like to learn to write in this style. Impressive. Powerful!

  1. Date: 2/19/2014 12:33:00 PM
    As beautiful as when I read it in the blog. Caleb your words reach right into the heart of the reader; that is a wonderful talent to have. :)

  1. Date: 2/18/2014 9:52:00 PM
    DAng, Caleb, where is the donkey poem?? You gotta put those little poems you wrote on your hunting trip over here too!! come on, man!!! How can you get some comments? haha

  1. Date: 2/18/2014 4:22:00 PM
    Hi Caleb! I'm OK trying to write short stories and finding it MUCH harder [for me ] than poetry! I miss you too! Where's your Crown sonnet for Dee? Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/18/2014 12:16:00 PM
    whew.. what a journey through the eyes and soul of a hunter... g;ad to be part of this, caleb... a beautiful sonnet !.. huggs

  1. Date: 2/16/2014 4:39:00 PM
    7+ Excellent visionary of the hunter and the hunted! My best, chuck

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 7:52:00 AM
    "Companion of solitude, patient stone He is the seeker of winds, and of scent By the trees yonder, he waits not alone His aim is true, and his purpose unbent" A very nice verse with profound imagery

  1. Date: 2/10/2014 10:14:00 PM
    funny what you said about the hamsters. Now hurry and get your two new poems from the blog posted over here!!

  1. Date: 2/10/2014 3:25:00 PM
    Caleb, WoooooWWWW. Impressive. Deep. I like this line "death will not bring a smile to his lips" much in the imagery alone. SKAT

  1. Date: 2/4/2014 7:25:00 PM
    His purpose unbent - yet death will not bring a smile..really brings the reader into that sacred moment here Caleb..nicely told of ancient skills

  1. Date: 2/4/2014 3:37:00 PM
    Hey, Caleb. Wish me luck as I try to put some kind of resolution to the sixth part of the crown. I am trying to catch up on comments and hope to do the poem sometime soon.

  1. Date: 2/1/2014 9:19:00 AM
    Caleb back again to read this one, it gets better,, do you have any idea what "homity and grits" are? have a good weekend my friend...

  1. Date: 1/30/2014 11:14:00 PM
    gosh, can't believe I had not commented to this yet over here. Great sonneteering, my friend. This one got better and better as I read along!!

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