Rani Turton


These Paltry Lines - Poem by Rani Turton

These paltry lines cannot bring you back
Into the halo of this street lamp outside my door;
I thought I had words but even they
Slipped from my grasp and went away.

I thought I had words but even they
Could not make you stay. I asked the earth
To still my heartbeat and then say
If your shadow fell across my hearth.

I was a paltry poet with paltry lines;
I was a paltry poet with simple rhymes
I was a bard, a dreamer looking for signs.

Nothing did I have; my only lifeline
Was this: rhyming these paltry lines;
Words, words that I tried to align
Into a kind of poem that kind of shines.

Copyright: Rani Turton


Comments about These Paltry Lines by Rani Turton

  • (12/13/2009 12:07:00 PM)


    These lines are not paltry, they have deep meaning.
    Keep on writing. I love your poems.
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  • (12/13/2009 11:40:00 AM)


    Lady your poetry has always shined and always will 10 Daniel (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 13, 2009

Poem Edited: Friday, January 22, 2010


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