Poetry Reads – 2

To The River
By Edgar Allan Poe – 1809-1849

I.

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
Of beauty, the unhidden heart,
The playful maziness of art
In old Alberto’s daughter;

II.

But when within thy wave she looks,
Which glistens then, and trembles,
Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
Her worshiper resembles;
For in his heart, as in thy stream,
Her image deeply lies,
His heart which trembles at the beam
Of her soul-searching eyes.

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Poetry Reads – 1

She Walks in Beauty
By George Gordon Byron – 1788-1824

I.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

II.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

III.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

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Poetry Reads – Introduction

Welcome to my Poetry Reads.

1 poem a week – To brighten up your day – Get you started; be on your way 🙂

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AN ODE TO DIMI

My friend, one of the dearest

T’was never meant to be for us

But I know you adored me

Even dared to protect me

That you told me years later

You followed me home after school

Making sure I stayed safe under your watchful pool!

And didn’t you write my name on your shoes,

Splattered for all to see…it was a big blush for me!

Utterly kind-hearted, honest and genuine

Years passed us by but fate did intervene

We did speak years after, a meet was not in our ‘has-beens’

For you left earth onto another heavenly scene!

Our talks gathered a lot of memories and momentum

Gave me the feeling of your unrest and dark guilt hidden

Hope you found your light, your time here though a given!

You asked me then to write about us

A fictitious story of love which could have been

But my dearest YOU were the writer, you wrote so well,

A talent you showed me yet from others you kept superbly hidden!

We will meet again, one day I promise

Until then, I share this poem for you…from me

A few words to line the pages of my next book

Out of gratitude, love, a priceless gift to a dear friend,

knowing no earthly fee!

A poem by CHRISELDA BARRETTO

In remembrance of a very dear friend!!

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RAVENOUS – Scene 1

Blood thirsty eyes devouring that piece of red

It need not be mentioned; it was his favorite color,

reminiscent of all things devoid and dead

His whole being feeling this very-so-slight spread

Heat, hunger, shivers of an uncanny, loathsome dread!

Perched up on a branch, his weight in absolute balance

Who’d ever thought this old Birchwood would be accepting of his prance

For he was sturdy and muscular, the dead-weight of a full grown man

Not forgetting his shield, surrounding his form encapsulated

His wings – feathers of dark browns and blacks, tender slithers of gold encrusted!

Here he was then, in his true form; a creature against the norm

Or was he a beast, some said a demon, totally malformed

Half man – half bird, with a knifed beak – a gift bestowed

His favorite weapon of choice, apart from them claws unmanicured, tapered and sharpened!

Prowling at night, steam of adrenaline peaked on high,

O! he so adored this feeling of deadly doom and nigh

Gently approached that time, to gorge out his victims heart, eyes and throat,

Body still warm, fresh, no sight of rigor mortis or cold

With his vicious slay, an unsightly attack, his feast of well deserved gold!

She lay there lifeless, her skin glistening under the moon

An umpteenth victim, a victory…for his attack was strong and ferocious

Taking her by surprise, a rushed wind of air, his speed quicker – much faster than lightening

Slapping her hard, right across her temple; his left wing wasn’t gentle, an unrestrained lashing

In that moment of hurried darkness, an unemotional plundering of power

He remembered seeing beautiful shades of olive greens and crimson

Their eyes had met, he saw bottomless chasms; pools of light and compassion!

He had smelt her fear, panic and… and… something new to his animalistic senses

Was it a delicate hint of mountain dew? … Flowers?

Patchouli, roses, lilies…? No, it was a shouting garden of spring, it was – FREESIA!

But he hated spring because it reminded him of life, yet he symbolized death

It didn’t sit well with his anatomy, on the edge of perpetual hypothermia

Had he heard her soft shriek, before her head met the cobbled stone?

Why did he feel his mind wandering off, was he distracted ?

Looking back at her, enlightening his gaze by a more deeper focus

Splattered reds beautifully surrounded her hair,

Like a crown for them queens… His queen of the dead!

…to be cont’d … SCENE 2

Narrative poetry by CHRISELDA BARRETTO

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RAVENOUS – Scene 1…Tomorrow!

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Dark poetry…

Letting you in on my current WIP

Invoking one of the greatest… Edgar Allan Poe

Look out for this one with its dark psyche!


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