Looking Back Poems: 31 / 500

The Names Of Things

Rating: 4.9

to Ray Bradbury, looking back, or forward

the names of things we held in our heart
when alphabets foundered and worlds came apart
and the clouds drifted over mindless borders

and were crucified.
the names of things, the orange and the lemon
the midnight zither and the bluebird plans

the tissue paper birthdays at a secret command
all disappeared, their ribbons curling.
all but the names we taught our children to revere and

year past year,
never to split the silver from the rains,
to refrain from negating the Soul.

and ever to stow the heirloom
jewelry of the stars intact.
and always to be looking back

at the green world when all its
colours were singing
and we were the Story and the story told

and we were the Tree,
and the leaves of gold.

mary angela douglas 3 february 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017
Looking Back Poems: 31 / 500
Topic(s) of this poem: beauty,endurance,memory,poet,poetry,story
Kim Barney 27 February 2017

This is very nice. Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite science fiction authors. Thanks for posting this, and congrats on having it selected as poem of the day!

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Edward Kofi Louis 27 February 2017

The name of things! Thanks for sharing.

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Tom Allport 27 February 2017

a well thought out poem of what was? but like all trees with their leaves we will all eventually fall and die!

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Paul Brookes 27 February 2017

A beautifully written and conceived poem of depth and flavour. Deserves to be Poem of the Day

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Geoffrey Fafard 27 February 2017

I love the style, the composition and the flow of this.It has a lovely personal recall feel that is there line by line in this lovely melodic poem..Thank you.

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Pushkar Bisht 09 November 2020

lovely poem. read my poems.. pushkarsbisht.blogspot

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Sarah Shahzad 11 December 2019

Nicely written piece and your wording was great. I enjoyed this. Nice imagery, hey I love to write as well so please check my site 2 :) :)

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Chinedu Dike 22 June 2018

Good rendition of words in an insightful piece, well articulated and nicely penned with conviction. Thanks for sharing Mary and do remain enriched.

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Mahtab Bangalee 29 May 2018

lovely written- t the green world when all its colours were singing and we were the Story and the story told 10+++

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Lyn Paul 27 February 2018

Looking back or forward we are forever reminiscing. Particularly when we get older. Remembering the simplicities of life that are now overlooked. Beautiful worlds to remind us of our youth. Thank you

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