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Lamentation

Lamentation Brooding days, Vanquished in the unconnected gloom, Shower frost, Standing watch at dawn to pierce the morning With an artic tempest, Swirling ‘cross a land lost in forgetfulness: Sighing Beneath borderless views of snow unbroken, Where nothing dare disturbs The unchanging vision But a single line of footprints When skies of grey and bleaker daylight Lean so close to earth They lay their heaviness upon a homeless wood sprite Wandering in the raw breath of twilight dawning, Caught by phantom gusts Spiraling down, Shivering as the brumaled wind Runs its fingers Through the marrow of the soul Where slumber languishes, Icebound As plodding steps Frantically searching groves of tangled silver linden, Pursued And haunted By the relentless midnight sun; Errant fugitive, Followed by the wispy remnants of a golden morning, Trembling As barren aspen branches Beneath bright errant bursts of fiery lights - Racing Across The northern sky - Taunting Tortured Eyes Seeing only to remember; Grasping For a single crocus Plunged into yearning Until the boreal shadows Touch The depth of darkness Bidding nordic sprite to sit, To rest, Curled up against a frozen birch of black and white, Taking final flight on tattered winds Heralding the touch of sunlight. Godspeed my friend

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Date: 3/25/2020 12:16:00 PM
"Through the marrow of the soul / Where slumber languishes". Made me wonder if this was connected to your "Dancing Star" poem, or two different friends. This lamentation is deep, dark, real, and hopeful. All in keeping with Jeremiah's lamentation crying out to God. Wonderful use of nature, weather, flora, and light to your message of hope peeping through the darkness. I'm touched ~ John
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/25/2020 4:09:00 PM
Yes, it does have echos of Jeremiah. This was written for a friend who took her life - a bright light who loved daisies of Scandinavian descent. Hence the setting and the season. I am so glad your saw the hope "peeping" out at the end. Thank you, as always, for your perceptive assessment of the poetic elements. I really do appreciate your feedback. Blessings on your day!
Date: 1/16/2020 11:04:00 PM
Great verse, Sam, congratulations your win. Eve
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 1/17/2020 11:38:00 AM
Hi Eve, Thank you for your message and your congratulations! This one was difficult to write but I am so glad I went through the process of grieving for my friend.
Date: 1/16/2020 1:04:00 AM
I think both of us wrote about pressing issues in unique ways and, in my mind, that is one of the reasons for writing poetry! Thank you for your congrats.
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Date: 1/15/2020 9:13:00 PM
Excellent poem, Sam:-) It's better than my Lamentation poem! Congrats on your well-deserved top spot!
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Date: 1/15/2020 9:02:00 PM
back to say congratulations on your top win with this great write! :) hugs
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Date: 1/14/2020 8:13:00 PM
wow... this is beautiful Sam...so many vivid images throughout this one... exquisite write... love this! :) hugs
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 1/15/2020 5:01:00 PM
Hi Sandra, Thank you so much for your message and your feedback. I tried to imagine through a picture of winter the depth of despair of my friend who was Scandinavian.
Date: 1/13/2020 6:16:00 PM
New Year greetings my friend! Thank you! I am truly blessed by your message. This was written for a dear friend who succumbed to the darkness. I miss her so even after all of these years. You have made my day.
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Date: 1/13/2020 5:51:00 PM
Triple WOW for this stunning poem Sam! Your imagery and metaphors took my breath away! This is going straight into my Faves. You have made my day! xxoo
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