A Standing Ovation Poem by Hazel Durham

A Standing Ovation

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The horizon holds no more dreams for me,
Dreams are now inland rivers
And the standing ovation of untamed monsters

Highlighting my insignificance and surprising significance,
As I travel with you on mind swept waters
With diverted tributaries, like our singular journeys

Down roads of hardship, laughter and continuous pain
That swallowed up every star in the darkest blanket,
We did not escape the thunder storms

On the trail of no surrender,
The arrows of destruction had been fired,
Now we have found each other swept up on the banks

Of the mighty River Barrow, a snake wilful and playful
As it bows to our rise to unity
Of scars healing in the rain sodden streets

Of Carlow, to entice me to come ashore
Into your saturated eyes of the intimacy of home
And all that means,

Swimming in the warm pools of love,
The skies of the past are changing back to blue
And the untamed monsters give a standing ovation

For the acceptance and passion that is being with you.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Mihaela Pirjol 02 October 2018

I love the emotional intensity of this poem! I love the imagery, and the force of hope, which only can be felt after a profound suffering! Absolutely wonderful!

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Hans Vr 06 October 2018

Strong Love. Not destroyed by storms and darkness. The true power of unconditional love. I love this wonderful poem, very touching and also thought provoking.

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Bri Edwards 09 October 2018

from stanza 2 to stanza 3 you switched from present tense verb forms to past tense verb forms. i think i sometimes accept such writing; i'm not sure here. i'm liking this though it may make Bri, me, think TOO MUCH. ha ha. it seems to flow like a river! (cont.)

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Bri Edwards 09 October 2018

(cont.) I guess people CAN be both 'significant' & 'insignificant' re different parts of their selves and their lives. “Wilful” was once the only common spelling (and still remains the dominant spelling in British English, again according to Google Ngrams) . But then things changed, and now “willful” is considerably more common (cont.)

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Khairul Ahsan 10 December 2020

A wonderful poem. 'Swimming in the warm pools of love, The skies of the past are changing back to blue And the untamed monsters give a standing ovation For the acceptance and passion that is being with you' - Loved the concluding lines, very poetic. Also loved the comment of @Mihaela Pirjol.

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M Asim Nehal 31 January 2019

What a wonderful poem this is and I quote few of my favourite lines: 100/10 On the trail of no surrender, The arrows of destruction had been fired, Now we have found each other swept up on the banks

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bri edwards 17 November 2018

this will go into the December 2018 showcase. Thanks. i see PH list eleven poems when i search Ovation. There are at least 3 with the title Standing Ovation, but only yours is A Standing Ovation. yours deserves a standing ovation for a unique (one-of-a-kind) title. bri (:

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Me Poet Yeps Poet 10 November 2018

you surely deserve a STANDING OVATION FOR SUCH IMAGERY I AM STANDING WHILE TYPING THIS GREAT LADY

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Hazel Durham 10 November 2018

Thank you, so kind of you!

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Bri Edwards 09 October 2018

(cont.) To MyPoemList. i enjoyed it much more the 2nd time, am comfortable with verb tenses, and manage to follow from one one stanza into another, non-stop. VERY poetic! bri :)

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