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    Despair and Tears, As Silence Reigns

    Sun burnt dark crystals sizzle this aching mind
    where maple tree ooze their sticky flesh,
    as cold harsh silence reigns
    Begging sky cries from sun and its scorching flames
    as blinded ground wakes to scampering winds,
    their voices roaring into eternity
    as cold, harsh silence reigns
    The flower meadows reach for gasping tones,
    demanding Nature plunge about its glories
    and in their frenzy, miss dancing clouds above
    as cold, harsh silence reigns
    The life that invades this body mine,
    seeks control over sad singing heart
    to smother love's bounty and allow Time to eat eternity,
    as cold, harsh silence reigns

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-06-2019
    Free verse, ( A darkened look into Earth, Life and Eternity )


    O' Pain, Let Mercy See Thy Face

    Discontent that sets its own sails
    over waters shimmering deep
    stray-shot arrows, that heart impales
    within darken dreams life tells
    O' pain, let mercy see thy face
    as sorrows replay youth's disgrace.

    Paradise, where hides - joy of hope
    Is salvation within man's scope?

    I that stomped grapes with my feet
    grasp at shadows from falling leaf,
    yet fearful of darkness I meet
    ever mindful of souls in grief.
    Make wine from grapes plucked by hand
    pray aloud, as barefoot I stand.

    Paradise, where hides - joy of hope
    Is salvation within man's scope?

    From within mind's loss, blades of glass
    icy slivers into veins sink
    dark and morose, the dying grass
    seeds borne of gulps, Life's poison drink.
    O' truth cut this heart to the quick
    of these sorrows, I am too sick.

    Paradise, where hides - joy of hope
    Is salvation within man's scope?

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-23-1979
    Rhyme, ( Why oft, ill winds blow fast, hard and so free )

    Note-- The free verse is a new poem, the rhyme is a very old one.
    I wrote the free verse in reply and commentary on the time, sorrows and thinking that inspired the old one. My wife and our son both, like the new poem much more. While I , still favor the old poem a bit more!

    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2019
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 07-07-2019 at 06:39 AM.
    18 U.S. Code 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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    Pen Wakes, Shakes And Casts Its Darkest Long Frown

    When faithful pen, releases not its ink
    heaven and stars refuse usual blinks
    moon dims and lets out moaning mournful cries
    poison arrows shoot across wailing skies
    Paper cringes in desperate despair,
    around weeping edges begins to tear.

    At such times, poet's heart fearing such dread
    attacks with great zeal complaints in my head
    wages war with a soul begging release
    while my muse and I ask both to please cease
    Pen wakes, shakes and casts its darkest long frown,
    cries, "in this circus, you sir, are a clown"!

    In this battle, where blood so freely flows
    my muse wallows in pity, cries out loud
    my power weakens, as mighty pen's grows
    will heart this epic loss, thus be so proud
    Paper gasping, at pleading so sincere
    even I the poet, shed salty tears!

    When faithful pen, releases not its ink
    heaven and stars refuse usual blinks
    moon dims and lets out moaning mournful cries
    poison arrows shoot across wailing skies
    Paper cringes in desperate despair,
    around weeping edges begins to tear.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-07-2019,
    Rhyme, ( When Night Brings Darkness To Rhyme )


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    Vague Memories Of Slow Fading Melodies

    When broken dreams await hard hands of Fate
    And willing dark, its powers concentrates
    Life slows and diminishes as on cue
    All has passed before, nothing is new.
    In that wretched place, souls are sliced deep
    By horrid nightmares, in disturbing sleep.

    This poet's pen often dares to relate
    In echoes as if crying for lost mate
    With weeping words-tears and resounding moans
    Through wide valleys of darker undertones.
    In that aching place, epic pains accrue
    such is human life, for nothing is new.

    As splashed ink soaks onto famished page
    One may see injustice, well up with rage
    Oft heart's desires stir that miserable soul
    To ask for pity's coin to pay the toll.
    In that regretful place, black snags abound
    Such is dessert to Fate's hungriest hounds.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-09-2019,
    Rhyme, ( Does A Poet's Shadow His heart Display)



    Note: As the floor fell away and ground opened up.
    Sad night turned into racing day. Grounded birds forgot which way is up.
    And the pied piper demanded more his pay.......
    Calamum, nolui per chartam et poetae core......

    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2019
    18 U.S. Code 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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    Blessed Hope, Rays Of True Light, And Silent Prayer

    An ancient man in darken and morbid cloud
    no longer full of vigor and foolishly proud
    Constant lashing winds, setting heart aghast
    as rising black and purple waves cry of the past
    Beseeching heavens for signs of relief
    from darkness in the marrows, sorrows in the grief
    Aching bones that magnify colder chills
    fleet footed shadows dance around fresh bloody kills!

    Accursed dreams, their vengeance harsh and real
    each from darkest dark, into brightest sunlight spills
    No clean water to wash away his curse
    as both agony and misery becomes worse
    Single ray of light breaks through each high noon
    from weakened promise, salvation rain may come soon
    For decades, that dear hope has stayed alive
    within its fleeting happiness, his soul survives!

    Death has danced forward and its blade sliced in deep
    A young and truly innocent soul, fast asleep
    Lo! Fate's wicked companion, may next my soul choose
    In that dying moment, I my composure lose!
    I had prepared, with courage born of true heart
    With my faith seek, much sweeter realm for my restart
    Death is abject darkness, its great destructive waves
    Accepts only victory, denies Light that saves!

    R.J. Lindley,
    January 6th, 1979
    Rhyme, ( Hope's True Arrow, Shot Straight As The Crow Flies )


    Copyright Robert Lindley | Year Posted 2019
    18 U.S. Code 2381-Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

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