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Lo! wading in a sea of lost belief; she was but lone autumnal
leaf. Caught undertow sheΒ swept thus downstream; emptied
herΒ heart of the mortal daydream. For red russet lips with all
their mournful pride; held just little hope with solemn rites

She danced alongside faith with the closeness of moonbeam;
while hummingbirds whistle and chirp her triumph into the
night. “At length be mindful doe of bearing and conduct; for
God above will greet your precious flesh and soul. Unto each
burgess lies their dues of bloom and land; we stand steadfast
and true to serve with head and hand.”

The wind thus blows from across the meadows;
Like circles casting doubt aside from shadows.



Photo credits:Β wallpaperscraft.com

Word list: Daydream, alongside, moonbeam.

Poem posted for Get Listed @ Real Toads

Posted for Midweek Motif @ Poets United

50 Replies to “Burgess”

  1. Thank Goodness for the wind, Sanaa. The “lone autumnal
    leaf” is thankful I’m sure. Did you know that there are dancing partners one never forgets? The ‘leaf’ won’t forget hers. Like I will never forget one very tine young Russian lady who was trying to teach me to dance better.

    1. Hello Jim,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

      PS: We all tend to have that one person don’t we πŸ˜‰

  2. By Burgess, I think you mean citizen or free person? And so I read this poem as recording good death in right relationship to one’s country. But it’s still sad, despite the hope you put in. It’s hard to have faith and let the wind dispel faith when death comes too soon to many. But looking in another direction, I see that life is also good for many. Perhaps that oldest leaf of all was ready to die.

  3. This is so beautiful… I especially love those closing two lines, and how you carried the metaphors through.

  4. I especially loved “emptied her heart of mortal daydream”. There is an acceptance brought about by a leap of faith here that you have delicately captured.

  5. There is always such a lulling tone and quality to your words, Sanaa. I feel as though Shakespeare himself should be reading it to me. Just wonderful.

  6. Luv the unseen watcher in this lifetime drama. For truly, alone-ness is a farce. And the wind, ever ready to dance

    thanks for dropping in to read mine Sanaa

    much love…

  7. Few things can be as difficult to see clear as are civil duties and the fealty we feel we owe to our land. We can spend an entire existence trying to to find a way to cast “doubt aside from shadows.”

    1. Hello Thotpurge,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

    1. Hello Leslie,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, lots of love πŸ˜€

      PS: Sunshine hugs πŸ™‚

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