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After Years

Rating: 4.1

Today, from a distance, I saw you
walking away, and without a sound
the glittering face of a glacier
slid into the sea. An ancient oak
fell in the Cumberlands, holding only
a handful of leaves, and an old woman
scattering corn to her chickens looked up
for an instant. At the other side
of the galaxy, a star thirty-five times
the size of our own sun exploded

and vanished, leaving a small green spot
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This poem created full of brilliance, excellently worded, so near and visible, yet from a distant. Amazing! I love it!

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Mark K 21 September 2018

Awesome poem with great detail! Love it!

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Stephen Loomes 30 June 2018

A powerful poem of personal loss. I am curious why you chose the other sun to be 35 times greater than our own, but I enjoyed the great way you put its explosion and demise as a green spot on the astronomer's retina, but no-one to tell, except us, your readers.

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Happyfrogday 06 February 2018

I love this poem. Beautiful, rich, the world of nature sounds lovely.

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Troy Ulysses Davis 26 December 2015

The depths a poet can cover with such nonchalance. Captured here in After years.

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Tatiana Kenyetovna 27 May 2009

Excellent Metaphors, love it!

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Andrew Blakemore 07 May 2008

Abundant with great imagery. A really excellent poem. Andrew

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Ruth Campbell 30 January 2008

Some very powerful imagery here, but I'm not sure about the last four lines. You go from the astronomer's retina to the great open dome of your heart. Kind of unclear. 'with no one to tell' is a good line.

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John Tiong Chunghoo 24 September 2006

ted, you should dabble in haiku. all the haiku sentiments you can find in this poem. black hole i find one in my mind

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Brian Dorn 21 July 2006

Even after the passing of many years, the event of seeing (from a distance) a past love can result in an emotional impact of infinite proportions. I certainly felt it... great poem!

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