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Thy Silent Thoughts

Thy Silent Thoughts

So beautiful are thy silent thoughts
I would watch thine eyes all day.
There is wonder in them, as the sun's first flash
Through tumult of ocean spray;
In them the shining calm of upland pools
Mirrors the glory round,
And their shadows are the shadows of sweet flowers
Upon the summer ground.
So beautiful are thy silent thoughts
I would watch thine eyes all day;
More beauteous in their silence than the stars,
Than the silent stars, are they.

R. J. Lindley,
November 9th, 1973

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 1/25/2018 5:53:00 PM
I see this as a romantic poem.For the young and the older I see no age group in this poem. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 4/18/2017 11:06:00 PM
This may have been written by a younger heart, but the beauty of your work has rippled from then to now and why I have such appreciation for your poetry Robert. This romantic spirit within only grows stronger. I love this.... a keeper, a Fave! 7 ; )
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Robert Lindley
Date: 5/12/2017 6:36:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Alas! I have not that muse with me now.....The world changed! Or was it just me???
Date: 4/18/2017 7:54:00 PM
Good Evening Robert. You truly are a poet in the most traditional fashion and way. Read back your words and you will see. Poetic In its entirety is this entry in theme composition and words. This is one of those entries to be read out loud. Well done entirely.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 5/12/2017 6:34:00 AM
Thank you Lisa. So long ago, and never more to walk in those shoes.....
Date: 4/18/2017 4:51:00 PM
This is stunning Robert:) Yours words evoke emotions of days long gone, the romance heightened by your gorgeous use of the sun, ocean and stars'. Beautiful writing, a joy to read. lynnxxx I always enjoy your notes Robert, it is amazing that though you wrote this in 1973, the 'epic' feel of your words are truly classic...a love affair for all time. Your poetry always to be remembered.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 4/18/2017 5:22:00 PM
Thank you Lynn. I did write many romantic poems back in my youth-centuries ago. Sadly about 600 were stolen and burned by my ex-wife . I shall never again write that well methinks , as youthful vigor, positive hope in future promise and young love tends to bring out the best in a poet.. Old now, I struggle to write with such inspiration, hope, joy and insight.. Yet I do try.....
Date: 4/18/2017 3:56:00 PM
Robert, truly remarkable poetry from the heart of a very gifted young man. There is a vintage eloquence reminiscent of many classic romantic poets. Excellant 7!!! g
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Robert Lindley
Date: 4/18/2017 5:15:00 PM
Thank you george. I once read and so dearly loved the poems of the old masters. There was a certain quality there too oft lacking in modern poetry.. They painted so well and with what looked like such ease- at least, until one tried to do the same!
Date: 4/18/2017 2:35:00 PM
there must be a robert browning in you... this is sooo excellently handled, R... huggs
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Robert Lindley
Date: 4/18/2017 5:13:00 PM
Thank you my talented friend. Such kind words humble me.. I long ago was a very deep and happy romantic at heart. Read so many of the old masters poems.. ALWAYS STOOD IN AWE OF THEM...
Date: 4/18/2017 11:22:00 AM
This I think is one of your better efforts Robert and that's saying a lot --- this poem should be in many an anthology; faving this poem which is so kind to the eye and its spirit sings through the ages....:-) BTW I posted another poem;-)
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Keith O.J. Hunt
Date: 4/19/2017 3:20:00 PM
A great honor coming from you Robert; I am always tickled when you compare me to the Old Guard; it seems you and I were born poetically at the wrong time, yet all good art is timeless...
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Robert Lindley
Date: 4/18/2017 1:50:00 PM
THANK YOU KEITH, I HAVE JUST VISITED YOUR PAGE AND COMMENTED ON YOUR NEW GEM. I must say, you write in such beautiful language , deep thought and classic style. Oft makes me think I reading Byron, Shelly, John Donne or T.S. I was 19 when I wrote this and I did not write a note to it. Now I wish I had, for my memory fails me, the details of the inspiration for my writing this poem.
Date: 4/18/2017 9:31:00 AM
Robert, I was awed. The cadence of your poem is pure liquid gold and the beauty of your words is like magic. It's like Wordsworth's daffodils blended with Shakespeare's "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day". A fave + 7 to infinity and beyond:)
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Robert Lindley
Date: 4/18/2017 1:44:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Marie. I am delighted that you like this old poem so much my friend. Maybe I should share a few more of my much older poems here. It has always been my intention to not often publicly show poems from my private writes journals.
Date: 4/18/2017 9:29:00 AM
Beautiful and I love the comparison of her thoughts and the stars. Nicely done Robert
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Chris Green
Date: 4/18/2017 2:24:00 PM
I did notice that because 1973 has a special significance for me.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 4/18/2017 1:41:00 PM
Thank you much Chris. Did you notice this was written in 1973, back when I wrote and thought differently--having not yet gone through the ups and downs in life? Life as is necessary , molds, bends , breaks and/or changes us for better or worse.. I am not sure which it has wrought for me. I was not so jaded back when so young and writing my early poems..