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I don't need mawkish photographs to see the drowning rowboat tethered to the dock, a withered seahorse clinging to debris as umber water seeps through feeble caulk. The cord grass will have grown up through the planks to marry splinters teeming on the pier, putrescent pillars tilted by the banks; a pallid corpse beside the marsh's bier. Those summers when we sailed through brackish mist have long since gone the way of floating sculls that languish in the asters to be kissed by empty oarlocks perched atop their hulls. Your August ghost still flounders on the fen then sinks beneath in nightmares now as then.

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Date: 1/13/2021 8:27:00 AM
Dale, I love your Sonnet poem and the image is very nice. Congratulations on having it included in PS : It's Poetry 2020 Anthology _Constance
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Date: 12/31/2020 8:00:00 PM
Lovely words and imagery, Dale! Congratulations on being one of the first entries in the anthology!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/1/2021 7:06:00 AM
Thanks very much, Kim.
Date: 5/31/2020 4:38:00 PM
very much enjoyed this poem, and the addition of the photo really pulled it together for me.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 5/31/2020 5:27:00 PM
Thank you, Jon.
Date: 1/2/2020 11:03:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in John Hamilton, Best Sonnet Contest. Hugs Eve
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Date: 1/1/2020 1:53:00 PM
you never cease to amaze me......congrats x:-)-luloo
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Date: 1/1/2020 7:15:00 PM
Thanks very much, Luloo.
Date: 1/1/2020 1:11:00 PM
This is stunning writing Dale, congrats on shared best sonnet 2019!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/1/2020 7:14:00 PM
Thank you, John.
Date: 7/10/2019 6:34:00 PM
What an outstanding sonnet you have penned Congrats on your win :) hugs
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Date: 7/10/2019 6:28:00 PM
Gold to gold, dust to dust) Congrats, Dale.
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Date: 7/10/2019 4:52:00 PM
So wonderful, Dale! Congratulations on first place! A fave for me!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 7/10/2019 4:59:00 PM
Thanks so much, Kim.
Date: 7/10/2019 4:29:00 PM
You were smart to enter this beauty, congrats Dale on an amazing poem and win!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 7/10/2019 4:34:00 PM
Thank you very much, John!
Date: 6/23/2019 7:33:00 AM
Congrats, Dale. Of course you are) It was nice to read this sepia sonnet again.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 6/23/2019 8:34:00 AM
Thanks again, Kurt.
Date: 6/22/2019 8:17:00 PM
this is EXCELLENT> Gosh, I hope it got first place or something because it's marvelous on so many levels!
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Date: 6/23/2019 8:34:00 AM
Thanks very much, Andrea.
Date: 6/21/2019 7:18:00 AM
Great write...Congrats on your win..
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 6/21/2019 8:25:00 AM
Thanks, Joseph.
Date: 6/8/2019 10:59:00 PM
This magnificent poem deserves to be a TOP winner Dale. Your poetry takes my breath away as I read and gasp from the beauty of it all. A Fave from me my friend. You never disappoint! xxoo : )
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 6/9/2019 8:40:00 AM
Thank you so much, Connie. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.
Date: 6/8/2019 5:45:00 PM
Hello Dale Gregory Cozart, this row boat has a history of the past. have a nice evening my friend.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 6/8/2019 8:04:00 PM
Thank you, Darlene.
Date: 6/6/2019 11:06:00 AM
I was drawn by the title and all I can say is WOW! I am stunned by your writing Dale, your lexicon and phraseology is by FAR the best I've read lately. I concur with SOS wholeheartedly, I also have to fave so I can re-read over and over to try and learn how to master a sonnet as obviously you do!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 6/6/2019 11:09:00 AM
Gosh, John, thanks so very much!
Date: 6/2/2019 5:58:00 PM
A superb sonnet, Dale! Excellent imagery and use of vocabulary describe this image so well. I chose #3 as well as there seems to be something special about the golden hues. Best wishes in Sara's contest, Carolyn
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 6/2/2019 8:08:00 PM
Thanks so much, Carolyn. Best of luck to you as well.
Date: 5/14/2019 7:41:00 AM
Beautiful pen; reads very smoothly; enjoyed.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 5/14/2019 3:02:00 PM
Thanks, ML.
Date: 5/11/2019 5:22:00 AM
Great imagery and very poetic descriptives; excellent work.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 5/11/2019 8:33:00 AM
Thanks for reading, Lawrence.
Date: 5/11/2019 5:18:00 AM
If I hadn't seen the photo, I'd still think this sonet is sepia-colored. Excellent poetry.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 5/11/2019 8:33:00 AM
Thanks very much, Kurt.
Date: 5/11/2019 1:16:00 AM
Well I read the poem before I saw the picture, and the picture is what I pictured if you see what I mean! You painted it so exquisitely. A heartbreaking direction to take the prompt in, but so so good.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 5/11/2019 8:32:00 AM
Thank you very much, Nina.
Date: 5/10/2019 3:18:00 PM
WOW! This is so well written..brilliantly executed.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 5/10/2019 3:54:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Vijay.