Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 34,965 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

On First Viewing My Darling (English Sonnet Sequence) - Poem by Gert Strydom

(after William Wordsworth)

I
She was an image full of smiles and of my delight,
like a phantom from high heaven to me here sent
when she walking up to me se did draw my sight,
in this harsh hard world like a shining ornament,

her sunny eyes were like starlight gleaming fair,
as if from all women some of the beauty drawn
while silky were her glittering tresses of her hair,
she was charming with the faith and hope of dawn,

as a moving shape she was singing happy and gay,
while she walked right up to me and new my name,
did my attention draw my thoughts to her way lay
and after that moment nothing again was the same,

when I looked deep into those green-brown eyes,
I felt like Adam must have felt with Eve in paradise.

II
I felt like Adam must have felt with Eve in paradise
when she was face to face to me in a much closer view,
as if with the knowledge of evil, great and good wise,
everything was now in this world strange and new.

She was a spirit, soul and the most beautiful woman too,
acted with respect to me but her will was happy and free
and I realise anything was possible for her in life to do,
where she talked, walked, acted and stood in virgin-liberty,

where in her face picture perfect did all her features meet
and it displayed the personality and character of being good,
yet in her motions and ways she was courteous and sweet
but also very bright and for my heart its soul's kind of food

but full of happiness and without any sorrow or wiles,
she was made for love kisses, bliss, tears of joy and smiles.

III
She was made for love kisses, bliss, tears of joy and smiles,
while we talked I watched her act tranquil and very serene,
as a person that was pleasant full of joy without any riles,
a lovely living biological pulsing intuitive brilliant machine

that came closer to me with every moment of breath,
with a own personality, caracther and considering will,
thoughtfully passing in a world full of heartache and death,
with power, foresight, knowledge, training and skill,

as a lovely female creature by God perfectly planned,
full of spirit, attentive, decisive and yet obedient loving,
to hold, to comfort, enjoy and delight in and to command,
a mature, mindful, lovely and gorgeous female human being

and she was gleaming with an angelic almost holy light,
she was an image full of smiles and of my delight.

[Reference: "She was a phantom of delight" William Wordsworth.]

Topic(s) of this poem: love and life

Form: Sonnet


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 21, 2018



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