Midnights Voice

(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

Bay Of Dismay


Always was always so certain in it's way.
Never could you change it's mind or
How it would have it's say.

Her eyes are made up of sunsets.
But she holds the moon at bay.
Her eyes are watered
But the sea is receding now today
Her eyes are shadows, shadows
She questions everything I say.

The gemini was born three days past the bull.
In a land full of richness and
Illusions are cut and pressed down at the mill.

Her hands are empty and the wind begins to blow.
Her hands are fingered but I see no rings aglow.
Her hands are waving but I am so far and so...
Her hands have faltered over a heart so full of grief.
Her hands are longing for touching and some pure belief.
Her hands are lingering, lingering...

The ships they come into the safety of the harbor.
Then dock and they rope onto the wharf.
The gangplank unloads it's cargo of remorse.

But this widow stands not among the chorus.
She twists and turns in a blacklaced chiffon party dress.
And the bayed back moon is peeping through the clouds
Humming a song of freedom before
The clouds get it going and move it on along.
Oh.....oh her eyes are sunsets, sunsets!

Submitted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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  • Rookie - 722 Points Ken E Hall (5/27/2013 3:56:00 AM)

    The cruise of dismay eloquently portrayed with lines from the poet cleverly turning and twisting thru clouds ane the bay of dismay...great sunsets here...regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 256 Points Soumita Sarkar (5/20/2013 12:09:00 AM)

    a doleful narration of misfortunes that enters to mar..................good! I invite you to go through my poems.Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Dee Corpolongo (2/28/2013 8:34:00 AM)

    Wow....you really took everyone for a beautiful cruise, sailing on The Bay of Dismay....
    Love that title....very poetic and descriptive all in itself! Thomas, this is another amazing
    poem that shows someone through your eyes....and all her beauty. Thanks for sharing~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (2/27/2013 1:30:00 PM)

    it reminds me of the negative capability of the great masters of the Romantic Revival, when they describe someone or something they become one with that object or person they write about...here the poet experiences that rich self-annihilation while describing her beautiful self...quoting Keats' phrase to this bay of dismay:

    More beautiful
    if sorrow had not made sorrow
    more beautiful than beauty's self...! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 92 Points Nader Baheri (2/23/2013 6:15:00 AM)

    so beautiful.lovable.
    nice vision of sunset at a bay, dismay would be removed.
    ~nb (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 92 Points Heather Wilson (2/21/2013 4:38:00 AM)

    Bay of Dismay, a great write Thomas, remorse unloaded, then humming a song of freedom, beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,681 Points Valsa George (2/20/2013 11:37:00 PM)

    I must hail this poem as one of your best in evocativeness and tenderness! ! With wonderful imagination you have etched a beautiful portrait! This deserves a 10! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,305 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (2/20/2013 9:18:00 PM)

    Bay of depression is well expressed here! people who had come out of depressive episode can easily connect with this poem! Nice to read! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Jahan Zeb (2/20/2013 8:40:00 AM)

    Beautiful. So rhythmic and lovely. I really like this one. wonderfully expressed. It speaks of someone you know very well for sure.......

    Her eyes are made up of sunsets.
    But she holds the moon at bay.

    what imagery! what thought and what beautiful composition! . (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,860 Points Neela Nath (2/20/2013 6:51:00 AM)

    So nice imagery! Never did I read any poem where the eyes are compared with sunset.Unique.I loved it too much. Need second,3rd,4th....................read to get into the soul of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 521 Points Unwritten Soul (2/19/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    When i was reading it first time, it reminds me about what i have in mind before, you make it into a real paper, a very beautiful write, and so imaginative..so sincere i to say i really like the poem so much, i can feel the sense and the scenery of my feeling inside it! its amazing Thomas! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 521 Points Titi Dale (2/19/2013 3:16:00 AM)

    As always, Thomas, u portray your vivid imaginative mind amazingly :) good work, great write! Keep writing...

    Titi
    xx (Report) Reply

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