John Ackerman

The Vanishing

Moist, bright, and green, the landscape laughs around.
Full swell the woods; their every music wakes,
Mix'd in wild concert, with the warbling brooks
Increased, the distant bleatings of the hills,
And hollow lows responsive from the vales,
Whence, blending all, the sweeten'd zephyr springs.
Meantime, refracted from yon eastern cloud,
Bestriding earth, the grand ethereal bow
Shoots up immense; and every hue unfolds,
In fair proportion running from the red
To where the violet fades into the sky.
Here, awful Newton, the dissolving clouds
Form, fronting on the sun, thy showery prism;
And to the sage-instructed eye unfold
The various twine of light, by thee disclosed
From the white mingling maze. Not so the boy;
He wondering views the bright enchantment bend,
Delightful, o'er the radiant fields, and runs
To catch the falling glory; but amazed
Beholds th' amusive arch before him fly,
Then vanish quite away.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and friendship, peace

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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Mario Vitale is a poet who developed a skill for writing poetry in the free verse form. He has been featured on Hubpages.com, Starlitecafe.com & Poetry soup. Vitale lives with his elderly mother Ann Soulier in Wolcott, Ct. Currently he has written well over 1,000 poems and two short stories toward credit platform. Has been a favorite featured poet reader at Barnes & Noble in Waterbury, Ct. Contact Mario at 203.879.2238 or mariovitale227@yahoo.com.

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (9/22/2020 11:48:00 PM)

    'Delightful, o'er the radiant fields, and runs
    To catch the falling glory; but amazed
    Beholds th' amusive arch before him fly,
    Then vanish quite away.' - Loved these concluding lines.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/22/2020 10:50:00 PM)

    the whole poem is full of imagery and metaphoric, such as Moist, bright, and green, the smiling landscape, swelling the woods, warbling brooks, bleatings of the hills, sweeten'd spring zephyr, retracting yon eastern cloud, Bestriding earth, red to the fading violet, twine of light, white mingling maze.....great really; enjoyable also........congrats

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/22/2020 10:46:00 PM)

    The various twine of light, by thee disclosed
    From the white mingling maze. Not so the boy;
    He wondering views the bright enchantment bend,
    Delightful, o'er the radiant fields, .....superb and fantastic poem penned; congrats for being selected this poem as POD......deserves 10++

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  • Douglas Scotney (9/22/2020 10:31:00 PM)

    mona out of view to the boy...

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  • L Milton Hankins (9/22/2020 10:54:00 AM)

    This is such a beautifully expressive poem about a boy experiencing the glories of nature around him. I liked it very much, especially the imagery.

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  • James G BrennanJames G Brennan (9/22/2020 10:30:00 AM)

    This is a great poem John, thanks for sharing. James.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/22/2020 9:13:00 AM)

    From the vales! !
    With the muse of the light!


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Harley WhiteHarley White (9/22/2020 7:48:00 AM)

    I don't understand. It says the poem is by John Ackerman, but the note seems to suggest otherwise. And why is the poem illustrated in this way? At any rate, it read more like a classic lyric than modern verse. Was it a translation? I am confused. The only John Ackerman I found is a literary critic.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (9/22/2020 1:11:00 AM)

    A well crafted piece.
    Truly excellent...5 stars++

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