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You were the
Willing to be touched,
In a peculiar kind of faith
Reaching out, - round-eyed -
Not knowing whether a monster
Would eat you, or if you would be
Wrapped cozily in the honey of
An unexampled apotheosis
In an arcane way,
It made more sense when
You were ingenuous; when you
Were eager to be known; when you
Journeyed beyond those most dreaded
Limitations; when you danced to the tunes
Of sage echoes; when you cast out your
Throbbing heart upon the waters of
Chance and foresaw harvesting
And your verve stained me,
And your mysteries lingered,
When I felt you, and a
Flame of curiosity enkindled,
I knew there was more at work
Than our self-centered imaginings;
Something was happening that would
Absolve the dark places (in YOU) to illume
A languishing heart eager for more than
The drivel of poetic clambering
And you were more than anyone
Could hope for – a vision – an arrant
Provoking ghost, an anthem to the bliss
Of sempiternal hypothesis, and you deftly
Worked the magic of shadows and teased;
And when it was understood that you were
Revered, you controlled those in your web
With the shrewdest of BRILLIANCE
Even embracing the chesty
Quasimodo TYPES with affected
Impressions of humility; and stomaching
Backwards reviews and keyboard hieroglyphs
As if these threadbare distortions were inroads
To some fresh new level of creative nirvana
It was then that you became more
Human than goddess, but I held you
Dear even more …
And now as the river winds farther
Into the distance, and the once leaping
Flames of vision settle into smoldering embers,
I call back those cherished rare moments when
The ripples of stirring between two souls - willing
To go beyond limits – adopted together a warming
Light and became, for a season, more than just reflections
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
A Monumental Journey Novels
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|Reviewed by Darkest Angel (Reader)
|Somewhat of a "Judas kiss", I hear. You look deep and you feel deep within yourself and others--to, perhaps, a depth too deep for others--it is easy, and normal how you see and feel, to you. Others will seemingly not pay attention to what is your soulful excitement--your natural state of being--and wander aimlessly around you because they just don't/won't get it. I am sorry for the pain that came with this person; I feel she was certainly someone you truly wanted to have lasting togetherness and passionate love with. This one is quite saddening, but, as always, very brilliantly expressed.|
|Reviewed by The Poetess
|Beautiful write. I like the Light.|
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|You're a helluva writer, Richard. But then you've heard that before.
I love the way you wrap up this poem in the last stanza...ripples of stirring between two souls--willing to go beyond limits... -gene.
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|I hardly know how to do justice in a review Richard. I cried, it touched me that deeply. Eager to be known and truly known, that is what matters most to those capable of more than reflections. Top Shelf, the best thing I've read in a long time.|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|I love what Peter Schlosser said -- would that we poets could write like this! Nothing matches your creativity, your words -- undone by your pen, Sir. Well done, this is a beautiful, liberating write.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Ann Marquette
|In between and surrounding those words which I don't have time to check in the dictionary :-) I still understand and as always astounded at the magnificent depths to which you reach in your poetry. Beautiful,
|Reviewed by Sheila Roy
|Wow. This poem just sucked me in, Richard. What I love most about it is how it speaks from the soul; it's intimate in its depth. You express yourself beautifully here. Love and Hugs,
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Says much about a fond relationship.
|Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
|So cool...it's funny, I saw myself here, as probably every woman did, reading this! How else can we express ourselves! One can't help the affects we have out there in cyberspace! Can we? LOL! reflecting...
:) Loved it!
Love and Peace~
|Reviewed by Liana Margiva
|EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY TALENTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOLDEN SENTENCES!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! 'When you danced to the tunes of sage echoes'...'And now as the river winds farther into the distance'.....-------- HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR TALENT!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva|
|Reviewed by jude forese
|going beyond the limits captures an intriguing poem ... sentimentally synaptic ...very nice indeed ...|
|Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader)
|Look out AD! In 35 more years, if I stick to it day in and day out, I too will be writing like this! A flowing river of prose redolent with keen and sympathetic reflections pours from top to bottom deftly delivering the rafter/ reader into a gentle, swirling eddy at its culmination. Beautiful Richard!|
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
|You observe with the mind's eye, Richard, all the changes possible - physical, emotional, attitudinal and spiritual - and speak to everyone who's willing to listen and reflect...and I hope they are many in number.
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|glorious poetry, sir richard! etw|
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|This is sublime, poetic nirvana.
|Reviewed by Lynette Bat-Abba
|Sir Richard, I love your work. It make me cry and remember.
richard lloyd cederberg