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Sadly Musing Life and Love

I sit alone as evening claims the day,
with common crow my only confidant.
I watch the sun sink slowly in the bay
while musing life and love so nonchalant.

As night descends upon my humble soul,
my furtive feelings ponder kinship lost.
I’m missing precious love that makes me whole;
my dearest darling gone at such a cost.

And woe I say, why did she go away,
and leave my heavy heart in agony;
behind, my shallow spirit here to stay;
she cast our love away so damnably.

Alas, I rue thee, my ascetic life,
and long to lance my heart with wretched knife.


January 17, 2018



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Date: 3/4/2018 8:24:00 PM
Hi John, congratulations on your win in Laura's contest. Your placement was much deserved with this piece. A write of sadness can become a write of beauty, this you have managed to do John. An excellent Sonnet. This one goes into my faves. Have a wonderful Monday. Hugs....Mike. XX
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/5/2018 4:47:00 AM
Thanks so much for your comments, Mike, glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the fave. John
Date: 3/4/2018 12:25:00 PM
Congrats John for another win with this beauty, I feel like I had a share because you wrote it for my contest, glad to see it getting the recognition that it deserves.
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/4/2018 12:51:00 PM
Thank so much, John, yes, indeed, your contest inspired this write and it was a great challenge. I see that you have a new sonnet contest posted today; I need to carve out some time for it. Thanks again my friend. John
Date: 3/3/2018 10:20:00 PM
Congratulations on your win.. wonderful imagery ...
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Date: 3/4/2018 6:24:00 AM
Thank you, Eve, I appreciate it. John
Date: 3/3/2018 7:07:00 PM
Such a smooth flowing and beautifully expressed sonnet John of lost love sadness and longing. Congratulations on your wonderful win with this poignant poem. Warmest wishes my friend. ~Susan
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/4/2018 6:21:00 AM
Susan, thank you so much for your wonderful comments and thanks for your continued support and encouragement my friend. John
Date: 3/3/2018 12:09:00 PM
Back with well deserved congrats, John.
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John Gondolf
Date: 3/3/2018 12:12:00 PM
Thanks so much, Line.
Date: 3/3/2018 10:41:00 AM
Again, John, congratulations on another fine placement in this contest with your very sad but beautiful poem, written in perfect Iambic Pentameter, required for a true Sonnet. Sandra :)
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Date: 3/3/2018 10:48:00 AM
Thank you so much, Sandra, I always appreciate your comments and support. John
Date: 3/3/2018 10:18:00 AM
Oh my....the sonnet of a wounded heart! Beautiful ..yet heartbreaking it is! Congratulations on your win, John!
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Date: 3/3/2018 10:34:00 AM
Thank you so much, Carrie, I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for taking the time to read my poetry. John
Date: 3/3/2018 9:40:00 AM
so sadly beautiful John. Full of sadness and longing to be whole Loved every word! thank you and congratulations on your placement :)-luloo
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Date: 3/3/2018 9:55:00 AM
Thank you so much, Luloo, and thanks for hosting the contest. John
Date: 2/15/2018 5:05:00 PM
Returning with congratulations John for hitting #1 on the Best New Poems list! Well done my friend. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/3/2018 6:59:00 PM
Thank you John, you are one of those incredible writers as well.. We learn from each other, my kind friend :)
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John Gondolf
Date: 2/15/2018 5:26:00 PM
Thank you so much, Susan. I have grown much as a writer and learned much since joining Poetry Soup and a lot of that was just from reading other peoples poems; there are so many incredible writers on PS. And I consider you one of those writers; you have written some amazing sonnets which I love to go back and re-read. So I thank you my friend for the encouragement and the inspiration you have given me.
Date: 2/14/2018 8:30:00 AM
Hi John, Just coming back to congrats on 1st place win in John Hamilton's contest and for being number one the Best New Poems list:-) Alexis
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Date: 2/14/2018 9:18:00 AM
Thank you, Alexis. When I wrote this I felt like it was a pretty good poem, but I have been humbled by the number of views and comments I've had. I guess we all get a good inspiration once in a while. Hope this isn't my one and only. Happy Valentine's Day to you my friend. John
Date: 2/12/2018 6:54:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, John, nicely done and enjoyed reading. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 2/13/2018 5:02:00 AM
Than you, Eve, I appreciate it. John
Date: 2/12/2018 1:44:00 PM
Awesome poem, John.
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Date: 2/12/2018 1:51:00 PM
Thanks, Line, I appreciate it. John
Date: 2/12/2018 10:17:00 AM
A worthy first place, congratulations John! Mick
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Date: 2/12/2018 1:47:00 PM
Thanks so much, Mick, I appreciate it. John
Date: 2/12/2018 9:19:00 AM
Congratulations John, well deserved win. Regards Tom
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John Gondolf
Date: 2/12/2018 1:45:00 PM
Thanks so much, Tom, I appreciate it. John
Date: 2/11/2018 10:05:00 PM
Pierced from this thrust! Congratulations on your trophy-winning sonnet! Best wishes, Gershon Wolf
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John Gondolf
Date: 2/12/2018 5:03:00 AM
Thanks, Gershon, I appreciate it. I read several of your poems this morning and really enjoyed them, I will be back for more. John
Date: 2/11/2018 8:37:00 PM
First Place! Can't say I'm at all surprised. Congratulations on an awesome sonnet. See? I told you that you're a pro at these. Believe me yet? Dannggggggg...
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Date: 2/11/2018 9:00:00 PM
Thank you, Rhoda, your support and encouragement means a great deal to me. John
Date: 2/11/2018 6:28:00 PM
Returning with a big congratulations on your excellent first place win John with your beautifully sad, silky smooth sonnet. A joy to read again my friend. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
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Date: 2/11/2018 7:03:00 PM
Thank you, Susan, your comments mean a great deal to me. Warmest wishes to you my friend. John
Date: 2/11/2018 3:20:00 PM
John, back again to read your poem and congratulate you on your well-deserved First Place win in the contest! Well done! Sandra
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Date: 2/11/2018 3:31:00 PM
Thank you so much, Sandra, I appreciate your support. John
Date: 2/11/2018 1:31:00 PM
What a wonderful winning write John, a shared first place with a score of 37/40 congrats on a fine win!
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Date: 2/11/2018 2:55:00 PM
Thank you, John, and thanks for hosting the contest. John
Date: 2/11/2018 1:06:00 PM
Ah, sweet sorrow, you've done well conveying that here John;-)
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John Gondolf
Date: 2/11/2018 1:15:00 PM
Thank you s much, Keith, I appreciate your comments. John
Date: 2/8/2018 5:45:00 AM
Beautiful :)
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John Gondolf
Date: 2/8/2018 6:16:00 AM
Robert, thanks for your comment and taking time to read my poetry. John
Date: 2/4/2018 12:26:00 AM
You were able to make this so believable John. Congratulation on POTD! I somehow missed reading this beauty. Its poignancy is almost palpable! Bravo! : )
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John Gondolf
Date: 2/4/2018 6:09:00 AM
Connie, thank you for your wonderful comment. I appreciate your support. John
Date: 2/1/2018 1:32:00 PM
You used iambic pentameter to deliver a very moving, even Shakespearean-sounding in some lines, sonnet. I actually feel I should come hide all knives around and near you, so convincing was your emotion. This is an accomplishment you should feel very good about, John. I enjoyed - always do! All the best ... CayCay
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John Gondolf
Date: 2/1/2018 2:10:00 PM
Thank you, CayCay. I'm pleased to hear that I was able to convey those emotions to you. I normally write from the heart so for me to write a piece like this and convey something that I'm not really feeling is difficult. I appreciate your support and friendship. John
Date: 1/23/2018 3:32:00 PM
Your comment on my cat poem was funny. You are surrounded by feminine felines!!!
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John Gondolf
Date: 1/23/2018 3:39:00 PM
Yes! I am surrounded and can't escape. When I get home in the evening I go directly to my "man cave" and hide. ;)
Date: 1/23/2018 1:30:00 PM
My humble soul loved it...
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John Gondolf
Date: 1/23/2018 1:57:00 PM
Thank you for your kind comments, Pashang.
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