Sonnet 412

And shall they know the wonders of your name?
Only when by knowing they accrue
Infinitesimal access to your fame
Where they might of your essence so imbue.
Yes, here it now my friend, I knew him once,
I met him then, yea many years ago
And he was (this or that) I can pronounce:
Thus so the half assed story now may go.
Yet truth fair known, they would as surely tell
A story that would so denounce you there,
That you be sworn to truly hail from hell
And of your evil, there be no compare.
To resurrect or murder yet in kind,
So tongues may see when every eye is blind.

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Sonnet 411

Every atom of my being here has changed,
And yet my love for you remains the same;
On the four corners of this world I’ve ranged,
Yet no love for another you defames.
What molecule then holds this lasting light
When all the dust that made me turns but so?
Each day that remake differs ever slight,
As cracks and weathered edges here do show.
Each year that mortal soil is so replaced
And I am not the man of yesterday,
Here still my heart may tremble in your grace
And love remains unchanged despite time’s sway.
Love as a truth endures, forever grand,
And being true, transcends the mortal sand.

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Sonnet 410

In the scheme of life, what have you proven?
Your babe lies cradled in stranger’s arms;
And of that boundless love, what part is given,
Who weighs the worth of your maternal charms?
Each day you toil, that babe, bereft of breast
Is shaped in purpose by another’s mind;
His rote routines now formed of her behest
So he may follow all her truths in kind.
His changing face and smile, yea his first words
Each day do but reward a distant ear,
While late in evenings you return from work
Too tired to play, and mock him with a tear.
In toil to darkness what chaos pure love braves,
Where hands that once rocked cradles, now dig graves?

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Sonnet 409

Thinking now of you again in happy pride,
That you and I in love were once conjoined
And of that union now, I shan’t deride
Or yet that heart, another has purloined.
What ever was now seems not meant to be,
More like a tarnished trinket lost of shine,
That I should never hence be want to see
Adorn in pleasure, any cloak of mine.
Yet of that bauble that was once our love,
From time to time I shall reflect there on
That gilt can so be lost on simple rub
And that deemed gold, debased while barely worn.
So when reflecting thus, I say forsooth!
The thinnest gloss can hide the darkest truth.

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Sonnet 408

Although you call it thus, it cannot be
And of sound truth, perhaps your eyes deceive,
For there is but just one reality
Regardless of what forms your mind conceives.
Belief alone has never made things so, 
Although a heart may wish and thus acclaim,
But facts are facts and ever will be, though,
Others may of falsehood wrongly blame.
The brighter light can so illuminate
Pure elements that shadow may obscure,
So may we say of sound intelligence
That it perceives as clear what other blur.
The sharper intellect draws to itself
A world discerned where many cannot delve.

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Sonnet 407

Much like the sapling oak, so has love grown,
More mighty with the march of menaced time,
And from those branches, other acorns sown
As living tributes of that arbre sublime.
With limbs upraised unto grand heaven, blessed
By golden rays of that celestial light,
Nourished by dear earthen mother’s breast
And sky borne tears of joy or sadness quite.
But when I see such glory on the ground
Now dry of sap, compounding into clay,
Wherein this vestige is sweet love now found
Or does that verdant light but fade away?
My gaze now rests on seedlings that portend;
Our love still lives and shall but rise again.

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Sonnet 406

Now sixty years to heaven, plus a few,
Awash in bounty of those given there,
Hoping yet that many more accrue,
Quite knowing that four score is oft deemed fair.
Now thinking of those many morning suns
That blessed the passage of my journey’s course,
Of battles lost and triumphs that I won
And of scars earned for better or for worse;
Not shirking duty, I did bear the cost
Of iron will determined to succeed
And though the prize be won or sorely lost,
I proudly grasped my sword and took the lead.
I weathered every blow, bore every scorn…
And never rued the day that I was born.

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Sonnet 405

As darkness settled slowly on the land
A ghostly moon arose in sallowed white
And blackness deep no light could countermand
Encircled flames that flickered in the night.
‘Round crackling fires did purple umbras creep
There chilling spines of those around the blaze
So haunting souls awakened by their keep
As tongues of orange and red lapped up their gaze;
The druids bowed and bade the wicker man
Be trussed and thrown upon the raging pyre
Though none were ever certain of his crime,
Their chants rose up as human screams expired,
And shadows danced convulsing on the ground
‘Til burning coals released that spirit bound.

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Sonnet 404

I spilled a cup of words on paper down
And watched them creep across from line to line,
I marveled how they made no single sound
Until my pen did stir them into rhyme;
And there at once they did begin to sing
Creating so the sweetest imaged tunes
And to my fancied vision thus did bring
A cabaret of song, my soul to swoon;
There pleasured musings in my mind did play,
While heart did join the chorus of their song,
My eyes the dancing phrases did amaze
Enthralled by wonder, my spirit danced along.
From time to time I grasp a lonely pen,
There splash some words and make them sing again.

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