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Sonnet XII: Polonius
by Fr. Kurt Messick
Saturday, November 15, 2003

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An original poem.


the advice of polonius entails

too many doubts. i want to borrow from

others. the ancients, extending the grail

to me, have called my name to now become

a lender. i remember the coastline

before the dawn, where my self can be true

to itself, but only until then. shin-

ing light allows mirrors to reflect new

outward images, which betray the soul.

polonius lived only in the night,

where mirrors are stripped of all their power

over men. but the ancients forgave light,

and futures want to borrow. a flower

for polonius, whose belief was whole.


An excerpt from A Chorus of Voices
by Kurt Messick
Dry Bones Press, February 2003

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Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 11/22/2003
now i'm going to have to find out who polonius he was, your words must be a fitting tribute!
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 11/22/2003
A most beautiful and deep poem...that is lyrical to read...and contains a moving story....lovely write...thank you Fr...for all the nice note you leave me....floria
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 11/22/2003 for Polonius so for all..might dissipates as the ego weakens..leaving the soul bare..
Excellent write Father..

Vesna :)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/17/2003
A piece of poetry to ponder upon. Thank you for this offering. Regis
Reviewed by jude forese 11/17/2003
polonius only believed in power... he appeared whole for he believed he was in control, yet events controlled him... and his power ultimately vanquished...

i enjoyed this very unique and exploratory poem...
Reviewed by Trixie Love 11/16/2003
Hi Fr. Kurt,
Enjoyed reading this
thought provoking write..

Great job...

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 11/16/2003
Ah, I always say, "Ya can't beat those ancients! Trust them! They knew everything!" Hehehe. Father Kurt, you write with such depth and innate wisdom. To me it seems, your poems open a door wide enough for me to glimpse a sacred scene, yet, only briefly! Thus causing me to hungrily ponder and search for its meaning in relationship to my life. Thank you!
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 11/16/2003
Very thought provoking! ~Z~
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/15/2003
enjoyed this
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 11/15/2003
to the poet poetry itself is the labyrinth
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/15/2003
Excellent write, beautiful to read and ponder! thanks for sharing...
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/15/2003
Fantastic write!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/15/2003
A thought-provoking piece!

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by Stephen Brooke 11/15/2003
Mirrors are ever dangerous. A well crafted piece, and a truly interesting one.
Reviewed by Jan Peregrine (Reader) 11/15/2003
I surely don't remember this one, Kurt. Me thinks you're publishing second book of poems...:-)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/15/2003
wonderful sonnet Fr. Kurt!!

Thanks for all your kind reviews!!

I waited for this moment to thank!!

Hope it's okay with you!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/15/2003
Fascinating poem and perspective. Leaves the reader with much to ponder. Enjoyed very much!
Reviewed by Aamie Burnley 11/15/2003
... the eyes are the morrors of the soul. [the man who called them windows was wrong :]
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