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A Lament for Lost Youth and Love

I mourn for the death of my erstwhile youth,
a time of innocence and naive bliss
which hid from me life's dark, unpleasant truth,
but for ever holds all the joys I miss;
a time of mannish beauty, brawn and thews,
as of a Greek god in his peerless prime
like Heracles of fabled strength, sinews
and might that's of renown from mythic time.
But, O Desire! do I long for 
your renewal (in my now loveless life)
of me through the fair virgins of folklore
whose maidenhood can quench my lustful strife! 
      Now in the fall of my increasing years, 
      I have lost youth and love as old age nears. 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 7/11/2018 9:38:00 AM
I ever so dearly love writing and reading sonnets. I have in my long life written well over a thousand sonnets. Yours was so inspiring, so well crafted that it was a blessing to read ad to add to my favorites list here my friend. So inspiring that later today as I get time, its inspiration will stir me to write a sonnet! Thank you my friend...
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Ngoc Nguyen
Date: 7/11/2018 10:24:00 AM
Robert, After having written well over a thousand sonnets you must be as good as the Bard by now at writing them, I would think? Notwithstanding, that is an impressive feat, in my opinion. I would love to read your sonnet once you are done with it, by the way--as it intrigues me to know that one of my sonnets is responsible for your afflatus for composing it? I wish you luck, skill, and continued inspiration in writing your new sonnet, my dear Robert! Ngoc. :-)
Date: 7/11/2018 9:00:00 AM
This is truly wondrous poetry! An exceptional sonnet that awes me as it gives such tremendous delight to be read. A glowing gem, a sonnet that awakens my muse and stirs memories of my youth. A fav, my friend!
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Ngoc Nguyen
Date: 7/11/2018 9:28:00 AM
Robert, Thank you so very much! I am overwhelmed by your flowing praises for my sonnet. I am glad to know that something I wrote can strike such an emotionally powerful chord in someone else. Ngoc. :-)