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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

The Painted Veil


Blog Posted:2/28/2013 2:48:00 PM
One of those poems the pointy heads have had a great deal of fun with.

" Lift not the painted veil . . ."

By 
Percy Shelley 
1818 


&/\&/\& 
 

Lift not the painted veil which those who live

Call Life:  though unreal shapes be pictured there,

And it but mimic all we would believe

With colours idly spread, --- behind, lurk Fear

And Hope, twin Destinies; who ever weave

Their shadows, o'er the chasm, sightless and drear.

I knew one who had lifted it --- he sought,

For his lost heart was tender, things to love,

But found them not, alas !   nor was there aught

The world contains, the which he could approve.

Through the unheeding many he did move,

A splendour among shadows, a bright blot

Upon this gloomy scene, a Spirit that strove

For truth, and like the Preacher found it not.

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  1. Date: 2/28/2013 11:12:00 PM
    Not sure what form this is. It sounds sonnet-ish but is not actually a traditonal sonnet. Anyway, he was a great writer! If it means what I think it means, I think it is a very interesting theme.

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  1. Date: 2/28/2013 10:24:00 PM
    Loved these words ....Seren

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  1. Date: 2/28/2013 4:47:00 PM
    This character, in this poem, reminds me of Narcissus. Maybe it is about him. And at last, seeing his own reflection, perhaps he shall find one person on this big earth to finally love. Ha! Love and hugs, catie :) BTW, Craig, I do hope you will try to write something for my free verse contest. :)

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 2/28/2013 5:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You got it Catie
  1. Date: 2/28/2013 4:14:00 PM
    Interesting that it really doesn't fit into one of the sonnet forms except it has 14 lines---the rhyme is slant at best--so it would have to be a 200 year old modern sonnet??

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/1/2013 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No Ruben, I agree that it's a sonnet--just a different style. Perhaps more Italian ??
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 2/28/2013 9:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You know better than I do about sonnets; Im not going to discuss this poem...BUT, although it's an unusual sonnet (ababab cdcddcdc) ...my book said it's a sonnet!! : D Tell me why it's not a sonnet. Teach me...
  1. Date: 2/28/2013 3:33:00 PM
    One of my fav sonnets, Craig!

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