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The Stork - Iambic pentameter -

The Stork

The ship arrived surrounded by the dew,
his past she carried on her seaward tracks,
across-the-board, the skyline turned up dark,
- a stork he was, comradely to her crew.

(Thus, curious, he stood upon the moors,
projecting epitome of their rejoice,
and stern, the sea-waves' hum repressed their voice,
enduring memory the dusk allures.)

A clever stork, with harbors in cahoot,
side-gazed for the sunken to discern,
while apt, the sea-men deftness and concern,
applied the coloring of nightly soot.

The dusk abraded, then, the ship's details,
the numbness of the gray was still; she stared
as his persistent, learning eyes had paired
with mind's perseverance, head-ropes and brails.

The boats quizzical, around him tripp'd,
loose wooden cradle-coffins-like, astray,
companions lost beyond the clouds' array,
as signalizing waves, on moorings whipp'd.

( Their sacrosanct ascent designed the stairs,
for spotless angels to walk upon the blue,
like then, the stork recited what was true,
- a dark night ship, for his bird-story cares.

And then they fled to skies - two passing glows
that cut through distances, in ardent Spring
a song for wanderers, harmonic link,
- pure emeralds the shoreline-noon bestows. )

What foolishness of storks invites the ship,
stray souls to marry in his darkened phase,
meanwhile three smoking ebon-funnels praise
our wraiths' long flight on everlasting trip?

© 09/25/2012, All rights reserved
(Iambic Pentameter)

The poem has never entered a contest before.

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  1. Date: 12/24/2014 12:35:00 PM

    Very eloquent, giogio, as always! Came by to say Merry chrismas. Need to track down gautami too!!!
  1. Date: 12/18/2014 11:09:00 AM

    Enjoyed reading your entertaining verse..Thanks for the honor of placing in your contest..Sara
  1. Date: 12/12/2014 8:44:00 AM

    I can see why you chose this one, spectacular writing.
  1. Date: 12/9/2014 9:38:00 AM

    Giorgio, a masterful write that could easily be slipped among the pages of Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner without missing a beat.
  1. Date: 12/6/2014 4:26:00 PM

    An amazing fascinating tale with perfect meter. You are so good at this form Giorgio. 7+fav.
  1. Date: 12/6/2014 10:28:00 AM

    A fascinating piece. Certainly must be a winner and the quality is exceptional. Form, flow and message are all in line and great. Super 7 from me and good luck in the contest.
  1. Date: 12/1/2014 2:55:00 AM

    a real gem Giorgio you are a master of iambic pentameter gl in contest hugs