James B. Earley

Silver Star - 3,514 Points (5 April 1934 / Mounds, Il)

Essence......Of Solitude - Poem by James B. Earley

Gratitude....to you....my friend
For the exotic joy you shared
When speaking of an enchanted place
Then choosing to take me there

I saw a spot secluded where
Such rustic charm exudes
A mystic aura which awed my Soul
With the essence of solitude

The only sounds....a songbird's chirp
…A falling twig.........perhaps
And the muted cry of an insect's wail
Some spider's web entrapped

Shadows hypnotic in romantic pursuit
Danced a ritual of sensual quest
To seduce the rays which frolicked about
…At this quaint ethereal fest

Whose drama ends…as sunset fades
To resume in the morning's glow
…Down the lane.....across the bridge

Author's note:
Some years ago, I gifted a copy of my work 'A Vision Of Home' to my dear friend Susan Henderson. Later, she asked if I would accompany her to visit a 'cherished' place where she could capture my likeness to have as a keepsake alongside the book.

The poem is a vivid recollection of that Napa Valley moment, and the searing beauty of what I observed and sensed that stunning, sunny, lazy, summer's afternoon.

Regrettably, the spiritual haven as we saw it, no longer exist. Within couple years of our visit, this natural phenomenon was destroyed - forever lost through development.

'Essence.....Of Solitude' is dedicated, with love and appreciation, to Susan.......and........also her family!

Comments about Essence......Of Solitude by James B. Earley

  • Shirley Hanley (1/31/2010 6:05:00 PM)

    Thank you for the journey to a place where 'development' is making it harder and harder to visit, except through the words of a poet such as yourself. I felt like I was there with you and Susan under the Eucalyptus trees. - Shirley (Report) Reply

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  • Patti Masterman (3/6/2009 3:01:00 PM)

    'Shadows hypnotic in romantic pursuit /Danced a ritual of sensual quest/
    To seduce the rays which frolicked about…At this quaint ethereal fest'
    very musical to my ears! (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm Fay Slimm (9/16/2008 3:32:00 AM)

    A beautiful place told with such grace we all want to share this haven there. fondly from Fay. Bless you Jim. (Report) Reply

  • Chitra - (8/16/2008 6:54:00 AM)

    solitude personified, a peacful poem (Report) Reply

  • Alancia Lebogang Mogorosi (8/5/2008 2:17:00 PM)

    a beautiful tribute to a dear friend (Report) Reply

  • Lynda Robson (4/29/2008 11:52:00 AM)

    A beautiful, flowing piece that brings peace to the reader, excellent work James,
    Lynda xx (Report) Reply

  • Lilac Wine (4/29/2008 3:49:00 AM)

    Wow..a beautiful poem....i loved it and it will definitely be one of my favourites..a poem that i would enjoy reading over n over again from time to time..

    thank you for sharing
    love n stuff
    XXX (Report) Reply

  • Greenwolfe 1962 (4/14/2008 1:19:00 PM)

    One of the all time great poems I have read. Thank you.A 10 and a
    favorite of mine

    GW62 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 25, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, June 3, 2013

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