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The Quiet Promise (poem)

Updated on August 25, 2012

Familiar the voice which then called to me

And calmed me back that dark and lonely night

Across the quiet promise of the sea


The day was done my soul sought harmony

Sweet rest the goal that now I had in sight

Familiar the voice which then called to me


I waited for my dreams to set me free

And once again to bless me with their flight

Across the quiet promise of the sea


When far away tide sparked my memory

This now distant star which was my delight

Familiar the voice which then called to me


My tears sought reasons to this destiny

That my love should wait now far out of sight

Across the quiet promise of the sea


I then closed my eyes to all that must be

A stranger was there whose arms held me tight

Familiar the voice which then called to me

Across the quiet promise of the sea


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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      OK. I'm gonna be the dumb one and ask, "What's villianelle?" I know it's a poetic style, but what characterizes it?

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      'the quiet promise of the sea' held the secret that was awaited....some poems i get lost in but this one became a part of me. Lovely, lovely.Voted beautiful and pinned.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      poem and picture, both are beautiful.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      I find villanelle a great achievement, trying to find the perfect repetitive line, you did this so well. My favorite poem is Theodore Roethke "My Papa's Waltz" another great writer of villianelle. Jamie

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful poem and especially the photos. Well done!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      nice villanelle Mhatter, the musical interlude is enjoyable too, i hope they live happily ever after by the sea. regards, snakeslane

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      The longing in this poem is evident--thanks for sharing.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Beautifully written and excellent choice of video/audio accompaniment. Very calming.

      Voting up

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      hubawesome and yes it's a title I wish I had written and the words which follow live right up to it.

      lake erie time 5:29am