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Red Sunsets On The Blue Hills

Red Sunsets On The Blue Hills What of soft red sunsets on the blue hills Or true love found in sweet dreams of the light Just as night frights give deeper cold chills Crimson sunsetting views show heaven's might. Such wondrous blazing stirs in me a dream Fire cast from Valhalla's great skies. Reminding of dying brave warrior's gleam Of truth in death's bearing no twisted lies. Of glowing red sunbeams gracing sweet earth We can see true courage gifting its hope. Man cries praying for all that he is worth For all resting beyond his earthly scope. When red sunsets tell us life does renew. We may ponder the path we dare to choose! Robert J. Lindley, 10-19-2015 (Modern Sonnet) Syllables Per Line: 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 Total # Syllables: 140 Total # Lines: 17 (Including empty lines) Words with (syllables) counted programmatically: N/A Total # Words: 108 Note: On sonnets, I hold that the message far outranks the far too restrictive form of set meter. Thus I refuse to write in such. I did adhere to the requirement of ten syllables per verse. Of course, these "rules" for writing a sonnet are meant to be broken. And even when adhering to the rules, there will be variation; lines need not be perfectly iambic, so long as the predominant pattern is consistent enough to be recognized as such. Many modern sonnets no longer rhyme, or have variant rhyme schemes, but are still identifiably a sonnet because it adheres to enough of the rules. (1.) Valhalla---In Norse mythology, Valhalla (from Old NorseValhöll "hall of the slain"[1]) is a majestic,enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over bythe god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja's field Fólkvangr. In Valhalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat known as Einherjar, as well as various legendary Germanic heroes and kings, as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök. Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields. Various creatures live around Valhalla, such as the stag Eikþyrnir and the goat Heiðrún, both described as standing atop Valhalla and consuming the foliage of the tree Læraðr. Valhalla is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla, also written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in stanzas of an anonymous 10th century poem commemorating the death of Eric Bloodaxe known as Eiríksmál as compiled in Fagrskinna. Valhalla has inspired various works of art, publication titles, popular culture references, and has become a term synonymous with a martial (or otherwise) hall of the chosen dead.

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Date: 10/19/2015 8:55:00 PM
I mirror Dan's comment and would like to add Robert what an effort and well researched info you have presented and taken the time to convey. It really shows the passion you have inside for this love of yours. Congratulations my friend for a splendid write. a 7 and higher.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/20/2015 9:02:00 PM
Thanks Micheal. Nice to read your comments and poems my friend. A red sunset reminds me of Eric the Red, and Viking lore. My bloodline traces back to Vikings on my father's side. And Native American on my mother's.
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Date: 10/19/2015 8:56:00 PM
I like sonnets.
Date: 10/19/2015 8:32:00 PM
Masterfully written, Robert. I am not a big lover of sonnets. and I agree that the modern sonnet's message is more important than totally adhering to form. Great job, with this one.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/20/2015 8:59:00 PM
Thanks Dan. Perhaps if you delved into writing a few sonnets you would find that you liked them my friend. Always nice to read your comments and poems my friend.