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Cardinal

The years have stolen details from my mind.
Your face, once clear, has faded like a print
Within an album ready to unbind
And plunder from this sadness any hint

Of thinning strands and laughing lines around
The sweetest smile and brightest silver eyes.
I walk across the white, half-frozen ground.
As morning wanes, the wind begins to rise. 

The breeze relieves my sorrow like a sigh,
And, suddenly, as if by sacred cue -
A flash of red against the cobalt sky.
A cardinal of brilliant crimson hue!

And as the pangs of grief and joy collide,
I feel your spirit walking by my side.



Written December 31, 2018
For John Hamilton's "Beautiful Sadness" Contest

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 12/28/2019 4:49:00 PM
This is the perfect example why you should write more----I know! Call me Papa, because I will nudge you now and again to write....hey, do it because not only are you exceptional at it but because it will leave it even more than a simple diary but a cherished gift that time will share.
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Date: 2/15/2019 3:53:00 PM
beautiful, can relate to that collision in serene moments of beauty and remembering.. thanks again..
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Date: 2/1/2019 6:12:00 PM
Hello Heather Ober, so nice to meet you. This poem is written beautifully. I like the way you describe the Cardinal bird. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 1/18/2019 6:43:00 PM
Gorgeous sonnet Heather. xomo
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Date: 1/16/2019 6:49:00 AM
Heather, back to say congrats on your win for this wonderful sonnet. John
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Date: 1/15/2019 2:44:00 PM
Really beautiful Heather. I love the flow and the run on across the stanzas. And the way the first thoughts end with a sigh at the end of the second stanza, and then, “and suddenly”, the mood takes a turn. Really clever and utterly gorgeous. A fave!
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Date: 1/15/2019 12:40:00 PM
This was wonderful to read,Heather. I've 'spotted' the cardinal in various poems throughout my time on this site. We obviously miss out on something special here in the UK!
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Date: 1/15/2019 11:29:00 AM
This is amazing Heather, was exactly what I was hoping for with this prompt. Congrats on a fine placement in a very tough contest to judge.
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Date: 1/7/2019 8:44:00 PM
Wonderfully worked poem, Heather. Haunting, yet vividly beautiful.
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Date: 1/7/2019 8:40:00 AM
A natural talent Heather that you make the best of in both form and substance. If my memory recalls, your Grandmother lives in these thoughts.
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Date: 1/2/2019 10:06:00 AM
This is exceptional Heather. A blessed New Year to you as well.
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Date: 1/2/2019 9:40:00 AM
This was beautifully sad. Such a well constructed sonnet that should do well in the contest. Best wishes.
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Date: 1/2/2019 8:23:00 AM
What a wonderful sonnet, Heather, beautiful and melancholy. I have been having trouble coming up with one for this contest but you nailed it. Best of luck. John
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Date: 12/31/2018 11:09:00 AM
wow, perfect meter and it's also a very good example of beautiful sadness. Thanks for your comment on my enjambment. You are one of the only few doing it seamlessly too. LOVE that!! you showed it right here in this sonnet.
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Date: 12/31/2018 9:10:00 AM
This poem is absolutely gorgeous. Well written. Good luck in the contest! :)
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