"Sirens of Circumstance" The Poetry of J.S.Allen

One Man's Poetic Revelations of how Circumstances Altered the Course of His Life

Sirens of Circumstance by J. S. Allen

Have I come

To the end of this voyage?

If the channel now be so narrow

Then, where are the Sirens of Circumstance?

The silent velvet voices

Singing in the mists that lead me here

To you, to us, from the sea of life and into the Divine?

We have crept softly, stealthily,

Secretly, separately,

Between our Scylla and Charybdis *

Sailing strange oceans,

Around the protruding peninsulas of continents

Arriving safely, but not without test

Trying to remember

Where were the crevasses, cliffs, ravines and whirlpools

We squeezed between?

Where were the moments and ages

We silently sailed beyond?

But, most of all.

Yes, most of all.

Where are the beckoning

Sirens of Circumstance?

* In Greek Mythology, Scylla and Charybdis were two of the fabled Sirens hypnotically calling to sailors in heavy mist. On opposite sides of a narrow ship channel Scylla lived on the treacherous cliffs and Charybdis was a churning whirlpool. Trying to avoid one would put explorers too close to the other. In modern culture, Scylla and Charybdis has come to mean "between a rock and a hard place."

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi I love this, I particulary like the myths of the sirens and this brought it to life, and I wondered where that saying came from, rock and a hard place! fascinating! cheers nell


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Earth Angel 4 years ago Author

Blessings to you Ubani! Sirens of Circumstance is the title poem to a book of poetry I published for J.S. Allen! My avatar is from the cover! Very nice compliment coming from an accomplished poet such as yourself! The author will be very happy! Blessings, Earth Angel!


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Words deserving of praise. Classic, beautiful and well written. A wonder poem!


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Earth Angel 5 years ago Author

Ahhhhhhhhhh, sweet VocalCoach!

Now you have made the author's day! You too, have a poetic way with words! I am smiling ear to ear! The poet will be in a few minutes when I make my morning call to him!

Blessings gentle one! Earth Angel!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

So very touching ~ words floating on a cloud of musical scales, forming a symphony of returning melodies that connect body and soul. Poetry such as this springs forth from the deepest roots of truth and creativity...

Mahalo, my friend, my Earth Angel


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Earth Angel 5 years ago Author

You are a SweetiePie!

I can tell all that you do comes from your heart . . . That's where poetry lives!

Blessings on your day! EarthAngel!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Well I am a good writer and an artist, but no, not much of a poet :).


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Earth Angel 5 years ago Author

Blessings of the New Year to you SweetiePie!

Thank you! I will let him know of your compliments!

I know you are being much too modest about being a poet yourself!

Blessings always, EarthAngel!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Great summary of the poetry of JSAllen. I always enjoy reading poetry, although I am not much of a poet myself.


Holly Inne 6 years ago

I pray that his health issue is nothing serious!

Thanks for keeping me posted.

Grace and Peace,

Holly Inne


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Earth Angel 6 years ago Author

Hi Holly!!

Actually we are moving forward!! Things got a little side tracked due to his health!! Will keep you posted!!

He will be thrilled that you inquired!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


Holly Inne 6 years ago

Any word on J.S. Allen's life work?


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Earth Angel 6 years ago Author

Thank you so much Holly Inne!!

J.S. Allen will be soooooooooooooooo pleased!! And it helps move the momentum forward to get this large but exciting project completed!!

You are the BEST!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


Holly Inne 6 years ago

Please tell J.S.Allen that Holly Inne is anxiously awaiting his life's work! The way he measures memories is sweet to the spirit.

Thanks to you, Earth Angel, for keeping us posted on the delivery date.

Grace and Peace,

Holly Inne


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Earth Angel 6 years ago Author

Blessings to you ShadesOfBlue!!

Thank you so much for your inquiry!! I will post it here on HubPages as soon as I have a delivery date!! It will also be available on Amazon.com and B&N.com!!

I will also let J.S.Allen know of your compliment and interest!! It will make his day!! Thank you!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


ShadesOfBlue 6 years ago

Love the poetry! How does one go about getting the book?


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Earth Angel 6 years ago Author

Thank you Lgali!!

I will let the author know!! His book is just about to be released!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


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Lgali 6 years ago

Very interesting poem


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Earth Angel 7 years ago Author

Dearest mdawson17!!

Thank you so much for your comment!! I am actually sitting right here at my computer putting the finishing touches on the author's book getting it ready to send to press!

I will pass your kind thoughts on to J.S. Allen, a playboy turned pastor, when I see him later this morning!!

Again, thank you for dropping by!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


mdawson17 7 years ago

This was a great poem and can say truly I loved it!

mdawson17


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Earth Angel 7 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by GwendyMom!!

Sirens of Circumstance, the book, is doing quite well!! We are in our second printing having sold out in one day!! Hope to have more copies for the Holiday Season!!

I will pass your comments on to the author!! Again thank you for dropping by!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.


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JazLive 8 years ago from Decatur

Interesting - "A rock and a hard place" seems to be valid in the current failing banking industry and the failing value of a US dollar.


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SunSeven 8 years ago from Singapore / India

Nice to see you back in action again :)

Best Regards


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DiamondRN 8 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

I know them well. Bob

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