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Sonnet to a Mourner

by Deone Wiley
copyright 06-20-2005

Age Rating: 13 +

The stars will glow, numb coals of icy light.
The moon will wax and wane in company.
A chill will nudge the clouds with ardent knee,
Then hug the frigid blackness of the night.
Each branch will glisten, blonded by the bite
And sting of crystal clinging to the tree,
As geese once more to southward swiftly flee
With honk and rasp to leave the frozen sight.

But geese return when green the marshes grow
To nest among the reeds: one voice, one pair
To mate, one wing whose warmth will never tire.
And hidden in the shadows' depth the slow
And aging goose retreats from ganders' stare
To mourn her mate, to wait, and to expire.

NOTE: Canadian geese mate with one mate for the rest of their lives. My brother, the hunter, killed a great gander and I wondered what would happen to his mate. This is the emotional reaction to that thought.

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        06-25-2005     Paul Kangas        

Wow, this is a really good and different kind of poem. I liked this a lot. Can't wait to see more of your writtings at pnp. Good Good write.

        06-21-2005     SamiJo Mcquiston        

Love your wording, it's so shakespeareian.(Not sure I spelt that right)This is such a beautiful portiat of words.
Keep up the good work.

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