Learn More

doug bentley


Sonnet 31


the oyster shell on ocean bottom lay,
hid from the nets of a thousand divers;
in obscure light hiding, in obscure bay,
the obscure pearl no entrance offers.

escape from prison was a journey in fire;
white sun blanched white burning land;
there had been no time to stock water;
twice dead men fell dead in desert sand.

they had planned their ascent in spring
and mapped path with meticulous care,
anticipating every possible thing -
the rumble of avalanche split the air.

every summit is obscured by cloud;
all paths entered by way of shroud.

Submitted: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Sonnet 31 by doug bentley )

Enter the verification code :

  • Freshman - 2,254 Points Diane Hine (11/25/2013 4:03:00 AM)

    The most desirable things are often the least attainable.
    I like the diverse comparisons drawn here. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Ebola! One Last Time, Peter Kimani
  2. India, Connie Marcum Wong
  3. A Counter Revolution in Cuba, Deborah Eker
  4. Pure love, Nassy Fesharaki
  5. A Man's Hat, Darren David Weaver
  6. tonight i write you with one sock on, Mandolyn ...
  7. useless poets, Is It Poetry
  8. i dropped us and you were glass, Mandolyn ...
  9. The Typewriter, Patrick van der Loos
  10. Friday Night For The Writer, Patrick van der Loos

Poem of the Day

poet Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knows he who tills this lonely field
To reap its scanty corn,
What mystic fruit his acres yield
At midnight and at morn?

In the long sunny afternoon,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  10. Dreams, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]