Treasure Island

Andrew Barber

(16 August 1969 / Wisbech)

Virtue


When shadow casts and time seems long,
When all seems lost and hope has gone.
I think of thee and words now said,
Your voice, your lines, the path we tread.
And in my soul, when darkness roam,
There comes a light to guide me home.
With faith I give, while love you bring,
In mind, in flesh, in joy – we sing.
Through temperance, with truest heart,
While passion thrill and love impart.
By kindest smile, with humble grace,
Your shape and form, your touch in trace.
As patience fills each moment passed,
With amity, this flame shall last,
When shadow casts and time seems long,
when all seems lost and hope has gone.
I find thee.

Submitted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

My intention today was to create prose, poetic in nature and reflective of virtues I associate as being important to a healthy society. By the end of my first paragraph, I had a rhythm and meter so deep, it just had to become a poem.

I wanted to portray harmony, strength and support as shared between lovers, using faith, hope, love, temperance, charity, patience, kindness and humility to make my point.

The rhyming scheme is simple, but deliberate, as it creates a rhythm in keeping with gentle waves falling softly against a shore. I picture a couple, hands held, wandering carefree upon a beach, their strength shared by their mutual understanding and desire to love.

They have known troubled moments but rely upon each other to get through. There are no hard edges, the poem carries you in drift as would a gentle tide, as you are pulled from start to end.

This is a poem about matching strength to weakness and finding a way. It is moonlight on a summer’s eve, candles on a harbour wall, and secret moments alone.

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