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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 05:39 AM.
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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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    Written as the idea truly interested me but the sponsor does not
    allow the titles to be from ones own poetry, thus neither version
    can be submitted in the contest. As he "has since" removed the note
    saying one could use ones own titles(which I did), and list the titles
    but not the name thus per contest rules keeping the name of the poet
    entering unknown. So here I present both the sonnet version-- done
    because I o dearly and truly love sonnets -- and also the 20 titles version.
    I myself, greatly prefer the one composed as a sonnet.....
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    Fourteen Titles, A Beautiful New Birth

    In a sad blindness, one may yet find hope
    Sweet romance is in truth a healing balm
    What in Life, can we truly ever hold
    True to Heart, an old poet's solemn vow
    Drowned in passionate depths of our deep love
    Come to me Love, so that tender heart swells
    O' broken heart, tis now thy time to mend
    In thy love-realm I would gladly live and die
    Caressing Virgin soil, with soft caring hands
    I beg to yet again kiss thy sweet precious lips
    As cool winds grace soft emerging twilight
    Where Nature's beauty and man's design meet
    There Winter's lonely fallows deeply dream
    Where Weeping Willows in silent peace grow

    Robert J. Lindley,
    unrhyming sonnet, 7-22-2019
    Only 14 titles, from 20 friends Poetry Contest
    Sponsored by: Richard Lamoureux


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    free verse version- only fourteen titles, of twenty needed for a contest theme ....

    Twenty Titles, A Beautiful New Birth


    In a sad blindness, one may yet find hope
    Sweet romance is in truth a healing balm
    What in Life, can we truly ever hold
    True to Heart, an old poet's solemn vow
    Drowned in passionate depths of our deep love
    Come to me Love, so that tender heart swells
    O' broken heart, tis now thy time to mend
    In thy love-realm I would gladly live and die
    Caressing Virgin soil, with soft caring hands
    I beg to yet again kiss thy sweet precious lips
    As cool winds grace soft emerging twilight
    Where Nature's beauty and man's design meet
    There Winter's lonely fallows deeply dream
    Where weeping willows in silent peace grow
    Seeds sprouted from deep within mother Earth
    Fair maiden, forever this true love hold
    Wide eyes absorbing true magical scene
    Waterfalls in rainbows where we shall play
    I am laid bare, naked with nothing to hide
    Shall we believe in that promise forsworn

    Robert J. Lindley,
    free verse, 7-22-2019
    Only 14 titles of 20 titles from, "20 friends Poetry Contest"
    Sponsored by: Richard Lamoureux


    Time used was two hours 41 minutes.
    Then I check and see he has removed the provision
    allowing all titles could be from the poet entering.
    Yet, I am pleased to have created both of these poems. -Tyr
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 07-22-2019 at 08:30 PM.
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    Once I Stood Upon A High Mountain Top

    I stood upon a mountain top,
    weeping boulders tumbling amiss
    this sight held me, I could not stop
    for loving sky I thought to kiss.

    I stood in an emerald glen,
    its forest sights and sounds abound
    this wonder, a blessing to men
    as a lover's beating heart pounds.

    I saw a stream its waters deep,
    earth and sky calling out my name
    truly divine gift we call sleep
    its breath, cripples no longer lame.

    I saw bright glow, heard a voice say,
    wait not life's sad imitations
    paradise brings forth break of day
    God set love, in all creations.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-23-2019
    Rhyme, ( A glimpse in a dream once I saw)


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    From Desolate Waves, Of A True Love's Death

    As poet I cry out, nobody hears
    yes, deep ingrained apathy I fear
    for no other sad darkness so repels
    as does indifference born from Hell.

    From desolate waves, of spitting grey mists
    arrives those terrors from misery's lists
    fiery flames set to burn a weeping soul
    into heartache abyss, death's tragic toll!

    As poet I cry out, so few may see
    majesty in even a long dead tree
    or beauty in finely woven dark verse
    born from a pure truth one did not rehearse.

    From desolate waves, of a true love's death
    comes grief that illuminates gasping breath
    followed by epic dark, its coldest chills
    knowing never again, comes love's sweet thrills.

    Robert J. Lindley, 7-28-2019
    Rhyme, ( From Tales Of Sorrows Are Born Dying Breaths )



    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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