The Time Traveller's Sonnet

And there you are, at last: your eyes, your face.
Just as swiftly, only a memory,

a star irresolute, the lightning’s trace,
a half-remembered verse of poetry.

Still, you are what keeps my atoms in place
against life's centrifuge of anarchy:

your smile, in its sadness a hint of grace,
my hope, my manifold geometry.

To be with you again, I would cross space,
and time, to where began this circled journey:

And there you are, at last: your eyes, your face.
Just as swiftly, only a memory,

a star irresolute, the lightning’s trace,
a half-remembered verse of poetry.
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9 comments:

  1. Truly beautiful, my gifted and talented friend. You have such a way with words, the way they flow and create images in your mind as you read. I would feel truly blessed if I could write as you do. Keep sharing the beauty of your words and thought with us. Many blessings to you, as always! :)

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  2. Lovely tension between soft sentiments and formal structure, like a silken sheet draped over a bedpost...

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  3. This poem embodies a classical eternal heart beat: very beautiful. I would love to see this performed or hear you read it. Again lovely work.

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  4. Some wonderful crunches Sam, centrifuges of anatomy (such a strong word in itself) manifold geometry and the simple sounds of a circled journey. Very beautiful

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  5. I want to say "romantic" but I don't think it's about a person, rather about the world and how new it can only sometimes even if you have seen it a million times before, beautiful words though

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  6. Gren-Hilda8:57:00 PM

    It is your beautiful poetry that expresses love and the bittersweet pain of separation time and time again. I really do appreciate it.

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  7. You are a master of formal structure... master, because the structure does not intrude on the imagery. Lovely.

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  8. Sonnet..my favourite form and well done indeed :)

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  9. This poem's included in my collection "How More Beautiful You Are", and features in my story "Hereafter", featured in the anthology 'Synchronic: Thirteen Tales of Time Travel."

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