Jonathan ROBIN

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Loss, With Winter Interweaving - Poem by Jonathan ROBIN

Winter, sombre starless evening,
with wan moon asleep,
or beyond dark cloud-bank, grieving?

Summer's love lies lost. Swift weaving,
bats sweep low - dread deep
keeps silent vigil, disbelieving.

Springboard brave new world's conceiving
taken in, eyes weep
over one, harm done, deceiving.

Who hope's hay ricks once was [s]heaving,
bitter harvests reap
happiness fast passed receiving.

Fallow fields yield shield's naive spring,
earn yearning, no birds cheep,
learn life's brief, brief s[w]ing.

Loss, with Winter interweaving,
forfeits light's spark receipt,
misconceptions stark perceiving.

Jack Frost's sting brings bite bereaving,
leaves life crumpled heap,
passes on to other thieving.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Expanded variant of Is the Moon Asleep? revised 23 September 2008 as below

Autumn on a starless evening,
is wan moon asleep,
or beyond dark cloud-bank, grieving?

Summer's love is lost. While weaving,
bats sweep low, I keep
silent vigil, few believing.

Autumn, and the Earth's conceiving
taken in, eyes weep
over one who left, deceiving.

I, with others hay ricks [s]heaving,
bitter harvests reap,
happiness now passed receiving.

Winter soon sends night bereaving,
leaves life crumpled heap,
passes on to other thieving.

(27 November 1988)

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 16, 2013


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