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A Settled Sweetness in Love

  two septets with rhyme  

At last, my friend and I bear no shame.
We spent a year seeking a soul-mate.
His eyes obliged my life to claim,
yet he could not, he would not propose.

Our calm ship was headed aground
for months we kept it together -
an ocean of hope, my playground.


Fisherman's widow!  At long last
I reeled in and quit my fishing.
I found my reach exceeds my grasp.

Two smiling faces fade from sight, 
we travel on very different waves.
Feeling free, we are all alone tonight,
the settled sweetness of farewell.


inspired by a quote from Andrea del Sarto byRobert Browning, 
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,"

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 4/25/2015 11:44:00 PM
Reason, Congratulations in John Lawless "Just Within Reach" contest. Always ~ LINDA ~
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Date: 4/21/2015 7:21:00 PM
Congratulations, Reason, on your lovely win.
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Date: 4/21/2015 5:58:00 PM
Beautiful poem, Reason, with the calm of acceptance of "just within reach" not materializing. Congratulations on your fine win. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 4/21/2015 7:42:00 PM
thank you, Sandra, it was purely fictional for me, but sad reality for some in a relationship that lacks commitment. I appreciate your time.
Date: 4/21/2015 2:44:00 PM
Congrad's on your verse winning. Light & Love
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Date: 4/21/2015 10:20:00 AM
"The settled sweetness of farewell" a wonderful way to rephrase the classic "parting is such sweet sorrow". Thanks for entering the contest.
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Date: 4/21/2015 7:45:00 PM
Thank you, John, I appreciate the placement and the opportunity to write on such an open-ended prompt.
Date: 4/14/2015 9:31:00 PM
Great quote, great poem. An excellent write!
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Date: 4/15/2015 8:27:00 PM
thank you, Maurice. It is the sum of my remembrance of English Lit. Love that poem.