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He strokes her face

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He strokes her face

Beneath the gaze
of watchful eyes
she sits and cries.
The fairies pry

and wring their hands.
The wind goes by
with anguished sigh
he strokes her face.


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This form is a "pathya vat".
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  1. Date: 9/8/2014 4:36:00 PM
    Sometimes when we are brought to tears that is when those around us are most loving and attentive... striking poem.. The bit "the faeries pry...and wring their hands..." is an original and intriguing bit..Love this. Always,Laura

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 9/8/2014 5:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the insightful look into this poem, Laura; your comments are lovely and very welcome. // paul
  1. Date: 8/23/2014 2:09:00 AM
    This an ingenius way to attribute affection to the Wind Paul, super original and sentimental. What breaks a man's heart more than a woman crying? I also wanted to tell you that your recent collaboration with Kelly is very moving and graceful. A seamless collaboration, very impressive. J.A.B.

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/23/2014 9:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Justin for your understanding of my poem. You spot the most essential. // I am very pleased with my collaboration with Kelly; she is a lovely person and fun to work with. // paul
  1. Date: 8/21/2014 4:32:00 AM
    Beautiful....love this poem, Paul. What is pathya vat?

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/21/2014 3:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Bindu. This is a Cambodian form, consisting of 4 lines of 4 syllables each; lines two and three rhyme. This is the first time I made use of it, after reading about it in Nette's contest (I think the results still have to be published.) // paul
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 6:04:00 PM
    Short and beautiful. Great poem. Thanks for sharing... Lucilla

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/21/2014 4:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Lucilla; I only know a few phrases in Spanish, although I understand quite a few words thanks to my knowledge of Italian. My sister speaks and teaches Spanish, though. In the family we all have languages at heart. take care. // paul
    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/21/2014 3:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Gracias Lucilla! It is always a pleasure for me to have you stopping by. Take care. // paul
  1. Date: 8/19/2014 4:39:00 AM
    You have the Midas touch when creating a poem that will touch the heart Paul. I loved this offering and the form it was written in.

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 8/20/2014 10:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


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    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/20/2014 7:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Connie. You are too kind....wish I had the Midas touch where poetry is concerned! So glad that you enjoyed it. (Yesterday I replied to this comment, but now I have just realized that my reply has disappeared!! Wonder what happened!) Hope aches and pains are bearable; take care. // paul
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 10:43:00 AM
    As always Paul my darlin' friend your words are as soft as a country rose that blooms after the rain...Big hugs to you sweet friend...xx

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/18/2014 11:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Mary Jo!! What a pleasant surprise! Thank you for the most welcome visit and lovely comments. You have been missed. Hugs and :))) /x/ paul
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 11:37:00 AM
    excellent poem Paul

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/18/2014 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Harry, both for the visit and 'excellent' comment. // paul
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 7:57:00 AM
    Short, soothing and sweet my friend. Interesting form and you did so very well...

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/18/2014 11:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Robert; so glad you find this to your liking. [Back from holiday and trying to catch up on people and writes!] // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 11:52:00 PM
    In saddness can one find the truest of beauty. Love this short but meaningful work bravo dear fellow bravo. cheri and yes your comment about mums is another true statement and I know this for a fact, so much so I wish I didn't. cheri

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/8/2014 9:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your lovely comments, Cherl. [re your poem....hope I didn't open any wounds...] Take care. // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 5:46:00 PM
    Soft,gentle and beautiful...Somehow brimgs comfort to a face holding tears..To my fvs.I.never tried this form..Love (ly)

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 6:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Charm! Thank you for the fav and lovely adjectives and comments. You are too kind:) This is a new form to me, but it is an excellent tool to work with. In your hands it would craft wonders. I have no doubt about it. Goodnight. // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 4:49:00 PM
    Nice one Paul, soothing and gentle. Good luck in the contest, my friend....peter

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 5:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Peter...always nice to have you stopping by with lovely comments. Take care my friend. // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 2:01:00 PM
    wowowowowo!! that effect you produce............... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmn.. great!!!! so vulnerable. :) God bless Paul from me olive eloisa.. :)

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 2:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Olive_eloi!:) This is a lovely surprise (from Manila, I presume). So I take it that you like this poem.....'vulnerable' is a fitting adjective that you have well used. You would have enjoyed having a go at this "pathya vat"...right up your street. Maybe I'll inspire you, this time, although you too are short of time at the moment:) Take care and God bless. // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 12:52:00 PM
    Paul, this is a beauty of a poem. Igniting passion within your words. Nicely penned my friend. oxox Gail

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 2:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Gail! So glad you found beauty in this short poem whose aim is to ignite feelings through sweet and gentle simplicity. Take care:) /x/ paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 12:21:00 PM
    gentle is your pondering like a wind sighing, paul... not for my contest?... awwhhh!.. huggs

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 2:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Nette! It is so lovely to have you stopping by [hope you hadn't been nettled by my friendly limerick:)] Thank you for the lovely comments on this poem which I wrote inspired by your contest. Unfortunately your theme is different to this one, so unless my muse visits tonight I'll run out of time as I'm off to Paris for a week's holiday. Hugs and take care. // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 9:24:00 AM
    beautifully created Paul with lovely imagery: -) Hugs jan xxx

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 10:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Jan! You are always one of the first to visit my new posts; thank you for the support and the lovely comments that go with it:) Hugs. // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 8:34:00 AM
    - Paul, a small piece of artwork - beautiful! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 10:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Anne Lise! So glad you enjoyed this little poem. [will be going on holiday this Saturday night...Paris calling!] /x/ paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 8:20:00 AM
    The wind has always been a friend to me, Paul. When I go for rides...I stick my head out the window to get the full feel of that liberating caress. Lovely write...SO sweet.

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 10:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Fairies and wind together provide the stage for rustic pastoral fantasy. The idea was to keep it tenderly sweet and simple; hope I managed that. Thank you, Eileen, for your much appreciated support. // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 7:45:00 AM
    that is mystically beautiful, the images that come to my mind are soft and sweet, I love it Paul :) :)

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 10:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You read my mind....we are both imagining the same situation! Thank you Casarah! :) // paul
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 7:40:00 AM
    I like it Paul....well done Tim

    Callus Avatar Paul Callus
    Date: 8/7/2014 10:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Tim. This was a trial run to test this new form, inspired by Nette's contest. // paul