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Part 2 of my attempt at a Heroic Crown of Sonnets form.

Alone

For in the end it's just one soul that's passed.
Alone I'll lie in sod of greenest grass
to answer for the sins that I've amassed
at gates of gold I'll see if I may pass.
In to this world I entered all alone
in cold and dark and dank so old I grow,
on thoughts of younger days I ***** and moan
with little hope of changing what I know.
But, now as time reflects upon my skin,
the lines of life grow deep upon my face.
I feel the fear of darkness closing in
and of my soul it leaves but little trace.

     So lay my corpse upon this bier stone cold.
          The end of life so often is foretold.

Faith

The end of life so often is foretold
from storms of pained emotions we retreat.
When colors fade to black as we grow old
we search for gold from rainbows we can cheat.
Through lonely thoughts of our demise we trod,
yet try, we still, to save our lives from dust
With souls we've fore to sold we offer God
if but in his creation he would trust.
In promise lost we bide our time, we cope,
for what remains beyond our short lived lives.
The heaven of our father's faith's our hope,
inside of us is where this hope yet thrives.

     Is our eternal faith enough to know,
          when cold the winds of fate speak soft and low?

Moments

When cold the winds of fate speak soft and low
I hear its voice sing smooth in morning dew
and all of life on wings aloft will go
and fly on breeze of gentle pastel hue.
So sweet the taste of life will linger on
with rainbow flavors left upon the tongue,
like cream filled candy, but too soon it's gone
dissolved like so much piles of beetles' dung,
I know that life is precious as fine gems
reflecting each new moment that we live
with flowers' petals sweet upon their stems
our time in life is all we have to give.

     As years in life pass slow like buds in cold
          in warmth and light the blooms of time unfold.

Lies

In warmth and light the blooms of time unfold
to search through lost emotions is our goal.
In hope that we shall keep from growing old
we capture fading thoughts to keep us whole,
but when the final sunset has gone dark
the memories we cherished are all lost
and only ghostly photos leave the mark
of lives that pass like melting winter frost.
I can not bear the thought of you alone
when life has passed for me and I am gone.
What good of all the sweetness you have known
if lonely night awakes to lonely dawn.

     Forever lies I've promised, you will see,
          as petals fall, my life will cease to be.

Doubts

As petals fall my life will cease to be,
yet time goes on without a moment lost
and still the winds of fate persist and blow
without remark or care or pennies cost.
What worth am I but in your care and love
or have I lived my life in selfish need.
I've tried so hard, for you, to rise above
but in your eyes do you just see my greed.
For am I who you wanted me to be,
the perfect man to share my life with you,
or did you wish for me to just be me
and give you love and promise to be true?

     When end is near I know in you I'll dwell
          in whispered songs of love my heart will quell.

Life

In whispered songs of love my heart will quell
so soft it beats when broken scars are healed
yet pain of loss for you I can't dispel
when left to dream of all that you've revealed.
The secret  words of love that you have told
in moments sweet and pleasured touch exposed
to me are bits of life for me to hold
when fantasies of you have been reposed.
Now laid to rest inside my very soul,
I've loved you strong and deep for oh so long
for in my life you've played a leading roll.
Without you dear this life would be but wrong.

     Though many words as yet I wish to tell
          with tender tears to you, I say farewell.

Death

With tender tears to you, I say farewell,
my sweet, my life, my love, my need, my soul.
From you the one for whom my heart once fell,
this world of pain will now exact its toll
Too soon my corpse in death will lay stone cold
and tears from you will be my sole repose.
The troubadour whose words sing songs so bold,
alas, is left struck mute in death's last throes.
Will loves last flower fade without perfume,
to die unsmelled with human heart's adieu
its fragrant scent to linger in my tomb
or heaven sent, will stay and comfort you?

     At end of life my love I hope you'll know,
          when orchids bloom in beauty life's aglow.

Life's Fading Light

When orchids bloom in beauty life's aglow,
as time, with heavy brow, is nature planned,
too soon the beating heart begins to slow
when passion's ember burns the gentle hand.
With flames of love that flicker old and grey,
but moments gone, as youth filled questions asked,
the feelings lost to seasons never stay
for in the end it's just one soul that's passed.
The end of life so often is foretold
when cold the winds of fate speak soft to me.
In warmth and light the blooms of time unfold,
as petals fall, my life will cease to be.

     In whispered songs of love my heart will quell,
          with tender tears, to you, I say     ...farewell.


04/19/16

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Date: 6/12/2016 4:48:00 PM
Congratulations James on this top placement. A stunning achievement and a poem to cherish. I am placing it on my favorite poems its to study and maybe someday I will try a crown of sonnets, myself. A toast to your success. Hugs, SuZ
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James Inman
Date: 6/12/2016 5:24:00 PM
The most beautiful comment I could ask for Suzanne, thank you.
Date: 6/11/2016 1:49:00 AM
"But, now as time reflects upon my skin...What good of all the sweetness you have known if lonely night awakes to lonely dawn." This is poetry of love's darkest fondness...."Without you dear this life would be but wrong..." This composition speaks the spirit of true love...J.A.B.
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James Inman
Date: 6/11/2016 8:58:00 AM
Thank you Justin, thoughts of my wife played a large part in this write.
Date: 6/10/2016 2:48:00 PM
A favorite quatrain (one of many): "but when the final sunset has gone dark the memories we cherished are all lost and only ghostly photos leave the mark of lives that pass like melting winter frost." Also, the final couplet.... :-)
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Date: 6/11/2016 8:55:00 AM
Thanks again Tom.
Date: 6/10/2016 10:53:00 AM
Well, this is marvelous and breathtaking. You really deserve the top win, James. Congrats. ;)
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James Inman
Date: 6/11/2016 8:55:00 AM
Thank you for your sweet comment Moon Flower.
Date: 6/9/2016 6:05:00 PM
James, CONGRATULATIONS on your first place with this amazing work, I recall when you were working on it... wonderful, be proud, dear friend....
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James Inman
Date: 6/10/2016 9:26:00 AM
Thank you BW, you are very special.
Date: 6/9/2016 4:58:00 PM
Many many congratulations James - i struggle to write even one sonnet you really have excelled and are a worthy winner:-) hugs Jan xx7
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Date: 6/10/2016 9:24:00 AM
Thanks Jan. You are so inspiring to everyone. I always smile when I see you've visited.
Date: 6/9/2016 4:37:00 PM
James, my heartfelt congratulations to you on your outstanding First Place win in Craig's Heroic Crown of Sonnets contest! Such perfect iambic pentameter and rhyme plus your deep emotions and wisdom about life, love, and faith, left me breathless! A wonderful accomplishment! 7+Fav. Sandra
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James Inman
Date: 6/10/2016 9:23:00 AM
Sandra, thank you so much. It was certainly a challenge. I was close to giving up on several occasions. It is nice to know that it has found a place of meaning for those who read it.
Date: 6/9/2016 2:58:00 PM
as I said in part one, I'm in awe. Very beautifully done, sir, this is something you should be very proud of... and will treasure, I'm sure... and pass to down to your family for generations to come. Big congratulations on your well deserved win in the contest!!
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James Inman
Date: 6/10/2016 9:15:00 AM
Thanks again for you beautiful comment Becca. I am happy with the way it turned out.
Date: 5/2/2016 5:28:00 PM
James, amazing, awesome, outstanding, cheers for you, winner for sure, 7 ~
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James Inman
Date: 5/2/2016 6:06:00 PM
Thanks BW.
Date: 4/25/2016 2:25:00 AM
Read this second part already after part 1, but forgot to give the deserved #7 and add this to my fave's. Not only do I applaude you for taking up this task, but also for the great talent you have for writing sonnets. T.J
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James Inman
Date: 4/25/2016 9:59:00 AM
Thanks Teppo, you're too kind.
Date: 4/20/2016 5:56:00 AM
bravo , for even trying good luck stephen
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James Inman
Date: 4/20/2016 5:59:00 AM
Thank you Stephen. A lot of work went in to this one.