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Ophelia in the River
by Carrie A Deveney

Monday, July 25, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Leaves are falling

To cover the maiden

Whose feet quickly traverse

The wilderness

The catch in her hair

Flowing behind her like garland

In the cool wind

And, she's Ophelia as she

Splashes into the winter river

And floats downstream

Blue lips and purple rimmed eyes

She's a picture of icy beauty

As her dress drags her down to the bottom

Where she waits

A century later

To be thawed in a Spring

That never comes

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Reviewed by E. Richardson 6/25/2007
this piece is both classical in its flavor and flow. Outstanding work!
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 10/24/2005
Somebody mentioned the painting but for me it also called to mind a poem by one of the French Romantics (Baudelaire I think, but don't trust me on that)
I do like that moody nineteenth century stuff - its like a Leonard Cohen song, quite uplifting in that it has a hypnotic effect.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 10/11/2005
what a sad, beautiful write. you got the feel of melancholy across very well, with the invocation of the tragic ophelia, and such beautiful natural descriptions.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/27/2005
Most enchanting, Carrie. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you.

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/2/2005
Absolutely outstanding, This is excellent.

Reviewed by Jane Rodway 7/29/2005
This brings about thoughts of Millais' painting. Lovely.
Reviewed by jude forese 7/28/2005
very vivid imagery and atmosphere in this poem ... in "Hamlet" Ophelia is found with here dress spread open, leaving her looking like a flower ... i like how you took this theme into another level ... it has a dream-like quality to it ... i'm just a little confused why she waits for "a century later" to be never thawed ... overall, i like the affect of this poem ...
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 7/25/2005
A beautiful write, Carrie, haunting and timeless with wonderful word relationships, like quickly and splashes, and the leaves covering the maiden while the river does the same, by dragging her down, flowing and floats, garland and icy beauty.

A masterful poem that leaves the reader wondering ... why. The only hint is the name Ophelia, which is all, and nothing. Unless, the blue lips and purple-rimmed eyes have a deeper meaning than the winter cold...

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/25/2005
Mystical and poignant write that leaves the reader wondering the maidens true story is.


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