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Our Story Does Not Die

Updated on December 9, 2012

Love was a story written, until we came of age

just an empty book, written page by page

solitary authors with independent pen

spilling ink into each other, a story from the blend


Love was the lifelong dance, of four distinctive feet

moving with one another, in time to a single beat

Two solitary dancers with solitary flair

moving to a rhythm, extracted from the pair


Love was the song that played, heard only in our hearts

and formed a single melody, from the union of our parts

The music has played so long, it pains my heart to know

Our dance is nearly over, age says that you must go


It is an uncompleted story and I can not write the end

So I stare upon the empty page, with ink that has left my pen

I can not find the music and the dance has left my feet

It lingers at a heart, that has lost its lovers beat


I move between the covers, to read where I have been

searching for the music, so I may dance again

She whispers from the pages, "come and dance with me"

we live a story without end, we live in memory


a story written does not die, beacuse of an empty pen

It lives of ink within your heart, each time you read again"

So now I sing the story and I sing it page by page

and I dance to timeless music, that does not know my age


and as I do, I hear her voice, within the melody

two who choose to sing as one, and all from memory.




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    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you arb for your kind thoughts. I am starting to take up my notebook again and finding joy in the process--thanks!

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      6 years ago from oregon

      I did find Sipo and loved it.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Alan - The schools I attended did not emphasize memorizing poems, except for some very short ones with the irritating sing-song quality that I mentioned. But you are so right about meter and rhyme enabling one to commit large amounts of material to memory.

      For me the example would be the Baptist hymns I grew up singing with my mother - I haven't belonged to a Baptist church in 40 years, and I am always surprised to discover that I still know 3 or 4 or 5 verses of some song from decades ago.

      Your mention of the time required for the various approaches is interesting. 30 minutes for free verse is about right. I guess I spend 3-8 hours per essay depending on length, the time it takes to find the right pictures and photographs, and on whether it is properly (for historians) footnoted.

      I am blown away at the patience and perseverance it takes to produce rhymed, metered poetry; 8 hours is such a long time for one poem, but your effort shows in the quality and lyricism of the result.

      I will read the two poems you suggested. And I would be interested in your opinion of my poem Sipo Matador. I am a pretty good editor and I inherited several boxes of old letters and poems that belonged to my Polish grandmother. She was a painter and a poet (I have done several hubs about her artwork).

      My three year project is to organize, edit, and prepare a volume of her poetry for publication. While going through her papers I found a journal entry where she mentioned her longing for her lover. I selected a few lines, played with them, added to them and Sipo Matador emerged.

      It is good to be back. thank you. Today was more meetings, but I think I have three days ahead of me to stay home. :) I will write a couple of academic reports, a couple of course syllabi, and hopefully, contentedly, a couple of essays for HP. :) To reading and writing! Have a good evening. Theresa

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      6 years ago from oregon

      Audrey, I have missed you. You need to write. I dare not ask how such lines cause one to think on them but, because they do, my heart reserves a softer place for you.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I can not find the music and the dance has left my feet

      It lingers at a heart, that has forgotten how to beat

      I think about these lines--often--beautifully done arb!

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      6 years ago from oregon

      Thank you Theresa, I grew up reading only classic poetry with the exception of whittier. Never liked free verse. I will tell you a secret. I will write a free verse in 30 minutes. To employ rhyme and rhythm in a poem will take me on average, 8 hours. I labor to find rhyme without it sounding contrived or loosing my meaning. I have come to like free verse as much and to realize that how long it takes has little to do with what I have to say. An essay will take about three hours for stirs me to greater passion. One thing I like about rhyme. If its good rhyme I can remember it for years. " If" by Rudyard kippling or the "Rubiat" or "The Poison Tree" by William Blake; all memorized in high school and I can sit today and still recite them. Anyway dear Theresa, thank you for the compliment. My "grand coyote" is rhyme and rhythm I really like and a college poetry contest winner, "She is a Dangerous Lover" both on my site. So glad that you are home!

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Alan - Beautiful and moving and sad and uplifting. This is very good. Not to be impolite, but I normally dislike rhyming words and a rhythmic beat - too sing-songy or something.

      But your poenms have not struck me that way...I am pondering and I wonder if it is because the average line lengthin your poems (total number of syllables) is longer that in most poems with a rhyme scheme. So there is more flow and grace to the lines somehow.

      Maybe you are just really good at this. :) I think these are my favorite lines, because books mean so much to me. Theresa

      "just an empty book, written page by page

      solitary authors with independent pen

      spilling ink into each other, a story from the blend"

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Incredibly beautiful and sad. . .

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      I love your line, "Love is a lifelong Dance of four distinctive feet"...A truly Beautiful Poem, Arb.

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      7 years ago from oregon

      QudsiaP1

      Nice to meet you and thank you for the kind words. I will find time to aquaint myself with your work and look forward to future exchanges.

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      QudsiaP1 

      7 years ago

      ARB, you have a wonderful talent and this poem is absolutely beautiful.

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