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    Should I Dream For Another Thousand Years

    Should I dream for another thousand years
    Dare this soul to its former self denounce
    Times that I succumbed to shallow fears
    Or a shadow tiger about to pounce
    Through the darkling-cast mists of ancient years.

    Should I dream, a paradise to reside
    Wherein Cupid's arrows so daftly fly
    Life and love joining with life to confide
    Secrets of earth, beauty of new Spring sky
    Time's wicked decay and the reason why.

    Should I dream, eternity is my path
    A sojourn through this maze, a gentle walk
    Seek virgin stream for a renewal bath
    Gaze at bright-lit night sky and deign to talk
    About youth, folly and my once raging wrath.

    Should I dream, my vanity is a scar
    Its remedy a mere walk in the park
    An early morn trek, one not too, too far
    A realization, but one not too stark
    As to leave catastrophe's door ajar.

    Should I dream for another thousand years
    Dare this soul to its former self denounce
    Times that I succumbed to shallow fears
    Or a shadow tiger about to pounce
    Through the darkling-cast mists of ancient years.

    Robert J. Lindley, 2-06-2021
    Rhyme, ( Within The Human Soul Rests A Shadow )
    Tribute given inspiration gained by my reading
    this morn, Alfred Tennyson's truly magnificent poem,
    "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal".



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    When Poet Ponders What Fate Delivers
    Quotes: -- " deus ex machina "


    ""Aristotle praised Euripides, however, for generally ending his plays with bad fortune, which he viewed as correct in tragedy, and somewhat excused the intervention of a deity by suggesting that "astonishment" should be sought in tragic drama:[19]
    ***
    Irrationalities should be referred to what people say: That is one solution, and also sometimes that it is not irrational, since it is probable that improbable things will happen.
    ***
    Such a device was referred to by Horace in his Ars Poetica (lines 191–2), where he instructs poets that they should never resort to a "god from the machine" to resolve their plots "unless a difficulty worthy of a god's unraveling should happen" [nec deus intersit, nisi dignus uindice nodus inciderit; nec quarta loqui persona laboret].[20]""

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    When Poet Ponders What Fate Delivers

    Alas! Could Fate have dealt a better hand
    Than waking on this beach of cold white sand
    Marooned, in this flowing ghostly cloud
    I that was once so gallant and so proud
    Now fleeing into a certain black doom
    A victim of the Sister's spinning loom.

    Those years ago, when hope was my best friend
    Youth my dessert, success my blessed end
    I rose wondering how this all could be
    I now downtrodden, life having to flee
    A victim of my pride my great excess
    Sad caricature of vanity's mess.

    With my boat sank, I here freezing alone
    All my self-respect, my wealth now all gone
    My sweet beautiful love where has she fled
    All cast aside, no longer would we wed
    She a rare soul, her body so divine
    I here staring at the cold salty brine.

    Why had Fate to me this sad lot gifted
    From glory now into the pits shifted
    And my deep weeping prayers, of no use
    I crying in the dark, lost as a goose
    Help, when in the hell would it arrive
    This great horror, would I still be alive?

    Sun now rising, spreading its golden rays
    I walking, promising to change my ways
    Found a road, desolate beach far behind
    What tricks fright plays on a sorrowing mind
    What luck, I found my good friends just ahead
    Life turned around, gone that dreaded dread!

    Deus ex machina as Nietzsche once said
    Was the gods feeding man his feeble bread
    Or was it Venus panning such a plot
    That mankind always sought an easy lot
    Had it came from Socratic winds, a breeze
    That simplest was to take life at ones ease?

    I thought Euripides, sent gift this morn
    To me a poet so oft given scorn
    And in that moment, that gods had beset
    I was sure that a god I had once met
    Spoke kindly, promising a future gift
    That was last night, why had it came so swift?

    Robert J. Lindley, 2-12-2021
    ( Within Realm Of Possibilities, A Divine Gift )


    Note:
    Definition of "deus ex machina"
    1: a god introduced by means of a crane (see CRANE entry 1 sense 3a) in ancient Greek and Roman drama to decide the final outcome
    2: a person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty
    … the shipwreck, far from being a tragic peripety, is the deus ex machina which makes it possible for Defoe to present solitary labour … as a solution to the perplexities of economic and social reality.
    — Ian Watt



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    Poem One: Inspired by my reading of -Lady Labyrinth's---magnificent

    poem , "Courting the Sublime Significance of Nothingness"


    (1.) Poem One

    Seeking The Boundaries Of Love's Depths And Her Hand

    The air, its surging breath sings

    into the soul of a willing fan

    one that leaves baggage far behind,

    an emboldened adventurer



    Such that looks for rarity

    for the invisible truth

    a soft kiss within a whisper

    a song that invades heart, soul and mind



    Becomes a diviner, an escape artist,

    calm wading ebony seas of despair

    jealous of only Time

    envious of only beauty

    fearful of enormity of mortal blindness



    What curses may the shadows then utter

    the pains of life and a dark pit

    nay, such does not faze

    the hardy, the faithful, the true seeker



    Alas! So recites the ailing poet

    lost amidst memories long fled

    begging the stars to shine again

    the heavens to gift

    Love, deep love , sweet love

    and the divine tastes of her love



    Dare the Gods such deny

    risking vanity and hateful mortal wrath

    inked curses and paper cuts to hardened hearts

    not so, for the seeker - lives to seek

    to touch her lips

    to into bliss fairly fall



    And should such treasure be gained

    die as a humble servant to fate

    without regret.

    without of arrows malice,

    shot at invisible beasts

    under a dying moon and a wicked host



    Fanciful the imagination and poet's heart

    mixing of dreams and elusive elements

    self-aggrandizing, a warrior

    combating invisible foes

    stabbed by those eyeless ghosts

    crying into wounded nights and fading lights



    Aye, this and more- the seeker finds

    never the eternity of lost love

    the infinity of peace and joy

    the heart of her

    the touch of her

    the depths of love only she gifts



    And at last, the poet begs Aphrodite

    to this life extinguish

    for without love

    without warmth

    without her return

    the universes exists not…

    dying embers in finality embrace the cold

    yielding in sorrows to the darkness, to its empty cries…



    Robert J. Lindley, 2-10-2021

    Romanticism

    ( Inspiration found, a memory revisited, a truth accepted )

    Poem number one-- my new blog


    (2.)

    Sight Of Gazing At Those Gleaming-Bright Newborn Rainbow Hues


    Sweetness and splendor of Nature's beauty- The Rose

    Imagination, myriad paths, life we each chose

    Hopes and dear dreams, glory of love and life we seek

    Enormity of choices, traversing this realm, scaling its mighty peaks

    Curse of mortality, these flesh and bone cast bodies so weak!



    Sight of gazing at those gleaming-bright newborn rainbow hues

    Splendor and immense bounty of flowing skies, shining blues

    Man's vanity that invades to set us on darken paths

    Woes and sorrows, birthed by Fate's accursed wraths

    Man's science, ingenuity, greed and love affair with math.



    Humanity- earth's wonders its bounties of teeming throngs

    The Arts- beauty of poetry, literature and majestic songs

    Life, oft a cup gathered into warm welcoming hands

    Honor, duty, the task of taking hard defiant stands

    The unpredictability of Time's falling sands.



    Yet dare we forget that life demands truth and sincere love

    For the rose may prick if plucked without the needed gloves

    In youth, those honey-eyed dreams of hot romantic nights

    Lovely maiden gifting her jewels her sexual delights

    That which a brief moment may overcome world's darkest blights.



    Sweetness and splendor of Nature's beauty- The Rose

    Imagination, myriad paths, life we each chose

    Hopes and dear dreams, glory of love and life we seek

    Enormity of choices, traversing this realm, scaling its mighty peaks

    Curse of mortality, these flesh and bone cast bodies so weak!


    Robert J. Lindley, 2-12-2021

    Romanticism, ( Of mortality, love, literature, poetry and the Arts )

    From blog- "Blog: On The Romanticism Era In American Poetry"


    (3.)

    Dare We Wake To Wade In Life's Luscious New Streams


    As dawn comes singing and gifts its soft golden beams

    Dare we wake to wade in life's luscious new streams

    Shall we welcome with ardor of lover and friend

    With truth and hope forgive those that only pretend

    For what is life, if we but such grace dare refuse

    Man was given the honor to in life so choose.



    Within passion's deep gifts, love such great treasures gives.

    As soothing balm, in the beauty of all that lives.



    Can our dreams this dark raging world evil subside

    Conquer its demons, its wicked devilish pride

    Set a new course in which hope and love may flourish

    Seed romanticism that our spirits so nourish

    Bring on faith, that our crying souls should so cherish.



    Within passion's deep gifts, love such great treasures gives.

    As soothing balm, in the beauty of all that lives.



    As dawn comes singing and gifts its soft golden beams.

    Dare we wake to wade in life's luscious new streams.



    Robert J. Lindley, 2-13-2021

    Romanticism, ( Of mortality, love, literature, poetry and the Arts )

    From blog- "Blog: On The Romanticism Era In American Poetry"



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    And On Love's Path May We Forever Trod

    Once this soul beheld, - joy of morning dew
    Dawn- its bright golden beams racing unto-
    Verna glory within love's soft sighing heart,
    Enrapturing language romance imparts,
    Sight of flowering meadows, hill and dale,
    Blessings of her gentle touch without fail,
    As sky and sun announce the coming day
    We together in Nature's beauty play.

    Dare our hearts this soothing visage deny, -
    As its colorful hues sets spirit's cry,
    Entranced by passion's whispering breeze
    Upon love's journey we trod with great ease.
    I a former victim of loss love's wrath,
    She a sweet angel sent to cross my path,
    Bow we both to what treasure Heaven sent
    And pray to God this love never relents.

    Once this soul beheld, - joy of morning dew
    Dawn- its bright golden beams racing unto-
    Verna* glory within love's soft sighing heart,
    Enrapturing language romance imparts.

    And on love's path may we forever trod.
    While hand in hand, truly blessed by God.

    Robert J. Lindley, 2-15-2021
    Romanticism,
    Dedicated to poetry's romanticism
    and the enticing beauty that
    women gift unto this too oft drab world.



    1st. Note:

    *Verna - Wiktionaryen.wiktionary.org › wiki › Verna
    Coined in the 19th century, from Latin vernus (“spring-like”) or as a feminine of Vernon. Proper nounEdit. Verna. A female given name from Latin quotations ?.

    2nd. Note:
    I watched it snow today, we have now about 5 inches of white
    cream splashed upon the ground. Looking out the window I
    thought of my youth and to my mind came a snow angel.
    And the truth, the beauty of life , love and womankind
    sudden the first four verses came in a flash and I snatched
    a pen to jot it down. That pen had a will a heart of its own
    and within minutes this came to be. I reread it -made one
    small change. I changed the word "sight" to the word "joy"
    As in, - "joy of morning dew", in the first verse..

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    Three Tribute poems-- composed by me,

    For Longfellow blog….


    (1.)

    Glory Of Faith's Triumphant Golden Crowns



    The rays of morn took their first golden breath

    Dispersing powers of night's darkling mists

    First gleams romancing sweet the earthen shores

    Beating back dark shadows with glowing fists

    Demanding night accept its coming death!

    Triumphant crowns!



    Dawn's first yawning, a parade of new dreams

    Waking Fate and its ever growing lists

    With dancing echoes of showers to fall

    Beating back dark shadows with glowing fists

    Birthing flowers born from resplendent streams!

    Triumphant crowns!



    Sweet the softest callings of better days

    With man rising to earn his daily bread

    And Nature singing true to cheer life's all

    Earth no longer mourning yesterday's dead

    Future hope setting sail as sunbeams play!

    Triumphant crowns!



    Humanity follows its usual course

    While bright blue-set skies rejoice overhead

    Teeming hordes traversing their daily treks

    Across well-worn pathways from life well fed

    Amidst the carnage of loss and remorse!

    Triumphant crowns!



    Father Time speaks demanding to be heard

    Above the din of crowds surging about

    Commanding its fleeing hours to obey

    Sternly obeyed were its arrogant shouts

    And the infinite powers of each word!

    Triumphant crowns!



    Sun was setting, its daily chores all done

    Mortals noted the rapid fleeing light

    All had felt the ever changing new course

    Some with increasing joy, others with fright

    Dark shadows arose screaming lets have fun!

    Triumphant crowns!



    The moon sped brightly forth taking top stage

    Stars came twinkling across heavenly skies

    The wise old owl took its same midnight flight

    Night spread its woven cloak of evil lies

    While sleeping crowds await first new rage!

    Triumphant crowns!



    The rays of morn took their first golden breath

    Dispersing powers of night's darkling mists

    First gleams romancing sweet the earthen shores

    Beating back dark shadows with glowing fists

    Demanding night accept its coming death!

    Triumphant crowns!

    Robert J. Lindley, 2-17-2021

    Romanticism, ( That Man Could Wake To See Coming Of Eternity )

    Blog poem.



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    Breathe I, Sweet Earthen Air Into This Mortal Soul

    And he said, resting within the shadowy dark
    Tis I, that celebrates dawn's soft sinewy charm
    Not to say, that life has not left its bruising marks
    But rather, this near the end, I fear not its harm.

    Breathe I, sweet earthen air into this mortal soul
    Although this broken heart in deep darkness resides
    I no longer join mankind in its daily toll
    Spirit falters and in this gloom I choose to hide.

    Under soft midnight moonlight I may venture out
    As a phantom of the guy I used to be
    Before dawn's harsh-cast revealing rays I return
    Least I become blinded as my eyes flame to burn.

    He said, in his haven of deep shadowy dark
    Tis I, that dares to refuse dawn's sinewy charm
    I dare to say, that life has left its bruising marks
    Near the end, I do fear its harsh black-handed harm.

    Robert J. Lindley, 2-21-2021
    Rhyme, ( From life, from loss, darkness resides )


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    A Quartet Of Short Poems From 1973

    (1.)
    A Newer Vision, Of Paradise Lost

    I went blindly into the haze
    Left the purple gloom behind
    If human life be but a maze
    What does love do for mankind?
    R.J. Lindley, 1973


    (2.)
    A Clear Vision, Of Death's Positive Hand

    Altars of purple robed kings
    Swollen with their stolen wealth
    Yet one day they too, their death bring
    Vastly improve their slaves health.
    R.J. Lindley, 1973


    (3.)
    A Truer Vision, Of Humanity

    Golden pails filled with sweet dreams
    Life begging greater release
    Man a vain creature of dark schemes
    Pleading purple doom to cease.
    R.J. Lindley, 1973


    (4.)
    A Sad Vision, A Much Deserved Fate

    He wore purple cloak, and sad eyes
    Sat upon a golden throne
    His wicked life his soul denies
    Destined to die alone.
    R.J. Lindley, 1973


    Note:
    Hope you may enjoy this quartet of short poems,
    Written by a 19 year old lad. I remember him fondly
    And in his youth and vigor had hoped for so much more
    Yet life gives what it gives and man must endure its
    Angry pains, its losses and its failed dreams.
    These 4 poems are exactly as composed 46 years ago.
    No editing...


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    The Dark, The Mysteries Within Mankind's Sleeping Interludes

    What of life in this raging spinning world?
    Its stabbing pains, mouths filled with sad dust?
    Those almost unbreakable binding chains?
    We, the unblinded few, the hopeful brave
    Dare we , can we that, will we ever save?

    In the trembles of midnight's rambling stomps
    Sleeping souls dance into resplendent dreams
    Through a flowing myriad of avenues;
    Entering realms of beckoning desires
    Mindless, heedless of the flaming hot fires!
    Wading streams of new welcoming degrees
    Ever onward, towards eternal sea
    Unrelenting, as heart such new scenes cast
    Unaware, soon dawn's light will all that blast.

    Dust and dying ground mix to stir anew
    Schemes that are part of mortal flesh and blood
    In black caverns, echoing , echoing
    The fears, uncertainty brought by day's light
    Now swimming in growing absence of night.

    The dreaded pitfalls of much needed sleep.
    Wherein we must wake up to our lives keep.

    R J. Lindley, April 3rd 1973
    Rhyme, ( Staring into the ever dooming abyss- a flash of thought )

    Old Note: 1973
    Woke. And a dream lingered. Its message sad and dark.
    Daylight bringing in the words more clear.
    What had both Poe and Raven spoke?-
    "O'yes-- Remember, remember- this ravenous fear!"

    New Note: 2021
    "O'yes-- Remember, remember- this ravenous fear!"


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