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Kelly Vinal

Rookie (1967- / Homestead, Florida)

The Far and Gray

Minutes in the hour of need
Hours in the day of grief
Recompense for silent belief
In adequate display

It fills the void of dreams enjoyed
As ether soaked in phantoms' lore
A gust of flame then nothing more
The thrust of tides recede

How the final minutes marching
Trace the subtle lines of grace
Pouring life into this space
And so defy the angry sky

And it impends and it stalks
And it lives by ambush predation
And it takes its shadowy station
Along the banks of faith

Onward flows the swollen river
Sweeping on the desperate way
From shrouded mountains far and gray
The ocean's provenance

Submitted: Thursday, October 04, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Leonard Daranjo (10/5/2007 1:36:00 AM)

    Your reading and commenting on my poem 'Invisible Artist' has linked me to your work and boy am I happy? This stuff is great - soothing rhythm, strong images, natural flow. I really enjoyed it. Shall be reading more of you.

    Take care (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Margaret Alice (10/5/2007 1:18:00 AM)

    I like the poem and have a few questions: To what does 'It' refer in 'It fills the void of dreams enjoyed'? And to what does the flame refers in 'A gust of flame' - to the brief existence of the soul of man? Does it in 'And it impends and it stalks' refer to time as stalking life? Does the flowing river in 'Onward flows the swollen river' refer to the river of life?
    I found your poem very interesting and am looking forward to your reply, Kind regards, Margaret. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 55 Points Melvin Banggollay (10/4/2007 11:44:00 PM)

    thanks for appreciating my poem. Well, you're one of the best writer I have read. You got excellent poetical style of presenting your sublime thoughts.

    Thanks and best wishes.

    Melvin Banggollay
    Tabuk, Kalinga, Philippines (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Coll B. Lue (10/4/2007 2:03:00 PM)

    I like how you've conveyed the deep emotional flow throughout the poem in rhyming verse-form - extremely well.

    Coll (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marc Mannheimer (10/4/2007 1:26:00 PM)

    Absolutely beautiful! The poesy (? right word) of the rhyming is wonderful, and the images are great, too. (Report) Reply

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