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An old man wrote upon the sand,
          Sea foam sweeping to the shore,
               It's lowest ebb, the tidal bore ...
     Coins of sunlight, gold and grand.

His pen, a cane that was a gift,
          Long ago when times were good ...
               His lovely wife had found the wood
     Washed ashore, among the drift.

She carved it in her loving way,
          With intricate designs and words,
               A heart, initials, and some birds ...
     A gift to him one Christmas day.

She was gone now, twenty years,
          Then ravaged by a winter's flu ...
               Now he was left with naught to do,
     But try to mitigate his tears.

So each day to the sea he went,
          And etched an ode upon the beach,
               His tortured soul revealed in each,
     Meant to quell his heart's lament.

But twice a day the tide came in ...
          And washed his sonnets off the shore,
               To him, a sign she wished for more,
     Poems of all that might have been.

The love he'd one day see ... again.





Written and submitted on August 22, 2019
For the "Writing Challenge 2, August 2019 - Enclosed Rhyme" Poetry Contest
Dear Heart, Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 9/22/2019 4:43:00 AM
A poem of longing... Truly magnificent.
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Date: 9/12/2019 11:42:00 AM
Wonderful poem, please contact me about a possible musical setting of this text. stephen.caldwell@hotmail.com
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Date: 8/30/2019 5:50:00 PM
wow. this is so beautiful, Greg. Were multiple stanzas allowed? I gotta go see how you placed because it looks down here like you won. You sure desrved it. One of the signs of what makes a poem great is the way the poet ends it!! You did that magnificently here.
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Date: 8/26/2019 5:40:00 AM
When pain is painted on a fascinating canvas of poetic words, we just feel the beauty! When you carry your reader to an infinite wonder, you lessen the ache of a so unique love story and intensify the sentiments of Hope.. Love and Life! So great and deep are your thoughts! So wonderful is your poetry, Gregory! Worthy of rereads and honour.. in my fave list.. my deepest regards and blessings.
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Date: 8/25/2019 3:36:00 PM
A very touching poem, Gregory! I was in awe!
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Date: 8/25/2019 2:34:00 PM
Such a fine piece Gregory, with great rhyme and flow too.I really enjoyed this.
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Date: 8/23/2019 2:51:00 PM
I adore your story telling Greg. This is in perfect rhyme! Congratulations on your well deserved silver medal award! : ) xxoo
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Date: 8/23/2019 12:21:00 PM
Oh oh oh OH! Just the sweetest story and beautifully told! And the enclosed rhyme feels so RIGHT. I like you doing sweet’n’simple! Fave!
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Date: 8/23/2019 11:55:00 AM
Congrats on another win, I knew this would place high!
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Date: 8/23/2019 10:37:00 AM
Greg, congratulations on your win in my writing challenge with your Enclosed Rhyme. Such a beautifully penned poem as you always do, what a talent you are and I love your image too !
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Date: 8/22/2019 11:32:00 PM
Congratulations my friend. Hugs Eve
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Date: 8/22/2019 3:21:00 PM
love notes tossed into the sea sans bottle... A lovely write Gregory
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Date: 8/22/2019 10:39:00 AM
So very touching, I truly enjoyed these rhymes and the story, you have a gift dear poet!
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