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The Sonnet-Ballad

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Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?
They took my lover's tallness off to war,
Left me lamenting. Now I cannot guess
What I can use an empty heart-cup for.
He won't be coming back here any more.
Some day the war will end, but, oh, I knew
When he went walking grandly out that door
That my sweet love would have to be untrue.
Would have to be untrue. Would have to court
Coquettish death, whose impudent and strange
Possessive arms and beauty (of a sort)
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Edward Kofi Louis 28 January 2019
War! ! ! Destruction! ! Lamentation! War will never bring us peace. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Benjamin Uy 28 January 2019
Dear a lamenting for tall sons, Such such a superior poem ***** thanks muse
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A very nice poem for the poem of the day
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Glen Kappy 28 January 2019
gwen has made something fresh with this traditional form. lover's tallness, empty heart-cup, and walking grandly out the door are fresh and vivid images using simple (accessible) language. coquettish death is a bit fancier but is true to the adrenaline-rush that lures many. and to top it all off, this poem while a sonnet has the feel of the blues—something close, i expect, to gwen's roots. -gk
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Ratnakar Mandlik 28 January 2019
A touching account of one impacted by the war since her love had gone to fight in it as a soldier.
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Dr Antony Theodore 28 January 2019
Where is happiness.. a very fine poem. thank u dear.. tony
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Adrian Flett 28 January 2019
A sad view of war from those who remain behind but suffer as well. All told in the true sonnet form.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 28 January 2019
CONGRATULATIONS for PH choice AS THE MODERN POEM OF THE DAY, Hurray! Fascinating poem but full of melancholy and best worded. Thank you for sharing this lovely but sad poetry.
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Mahtab Bangalee 28 January 2019
oh happiness you are flirty mind! where you are in the war! in the lap of mother! lives no one there in true answer..../// beautiful poem
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Ramesh T A 28 January 2019
War certainly snatches away happiness to beloved ones in the world! The sorrow of loss of beloved in war too is insurmountable indeed! That the poet says with great force and feeling by this wonderful sonnet kind of ballad! Thanks for sharing here!
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