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  • The Scent of the World

    Darkness quietly rappels down
    The stalks
    In stealth as the flowers wilt
    And at the edges crinkle inwards

    The bees now elsewhere
    In hidden repose
    Still drunk on the nectar of pollination
    Dream of their former glory

    While the grasses with spent chlorophyll
    Go dormant from summer heart
    Wither and lay down
    For vespers

    Later at night
    Stars in their pluperfect wisdom turn out
    Their lighthouses on the shore
    Of a vast distant ocean not meant for our navigation

    If you are quiet
    If you are truly quiet
    As you walk under migrating cumulus clouds
    That alter moon glean

    If you are lucky
    If you are truly lucky
    You might breathe in the scent of the world
    Natura naturans





  • #2
    Love the way you've woven this Tanner. I sense expectation in the ending and possibility.

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    • #3
      Superb

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      • #4
        Tanner what can I say.This is possibly the best I have seen from you and I even learnt a new word in the first line.

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        • #5
          great end!

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          • #6
            RLW, PP, Grant and amenOra, I am greatly honoured by your comments. This is Tanner trying to be a bit different and I must admit I surprised myself a bit. The last two stanzas came from somewhere else. Natura naturans is a flashback to my days of studies in medieval iconography.

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            • grant hayes
              grant hayes commented
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              This piece is a confluence of themes that pervade your shares, Tanner. It is truly beautiful.

          • #7
            Tanner your first stanza grabbed me ...and my favorite is: Later at night
            Stars in their pluperfect wisdom turn out
            Their lighthouses on the shore
            Of a vast distant ocean not meant for our navigation


            All is a beauty to behold!


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            • #8
              I agree . This is among your most beautiful poems. Should you decide to compile a collection of your work I would put this on page one.

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              • #9
                Grant, Suz-zen and lunar glide, I feel greatly honoured and somewhat flattered by your comments. They mean a lot to me coming from poets whose work (although much different from mine). I greatly admire knowing your poetic sensibilities, imagery and use of language. I think all of us are striving for Excellence in our writings. Thank you again.

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                • #10
                  Tanner This morning I revisit this and find that in the light I linger over : The bees now elsewhere
                  In hidden repose
                  Still drunk on the nectar of pollination
                  Dream of their former glory

                  layers.... Lovely.

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                  • #11
                    Suz-zen, your poems are rich with many layers and hidden delights. thank you for revisiting.

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