The Nightjar (Sonnet)

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The Nightjar (Sonnet)

Postby titian dj » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:35 pm

When, at last, the light from heaven demands
our eyes, do not despise this lonely hour,
my love. The King of Kings, with peace, commands
his friend to sing by every autumn flower
and knows the churring birds anointed cries
will guide our minstrel to a new year's morn.
We'll toast the fells and smile those last goodbyes
and then, dear lass, we'll hasten to our dawn.

A silvered fox unwinds, as children grow,
and listens to The Rothay splash her way
to Ambleside. The village meadows show
games by Helm Crag and nurture fools at play.

We lovers played awhile, but now to rest;
the nightjar must renew her woodland nest.


'fells' refers to the mountains of the English Lake District. My wife was raised in this region.

S2 My wife's maiden name is Fox. The Rothay is a river connecting the lakes of Grasmere and Rydal Water. Helm Crag is the dominant fell overlooking the village of Grasmere. (Yes, the lake and the village bear the same name)

The nightjar is a quiet bird that that emerges at twilight to feed. Its song is a distinctive churring sound.

L14 changed 'arrange' to 'renew'
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Re: The Nightjar (Sonnet)

Postby steffen » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:43 pm

Hello Titian,
The following piece, which I have worked on over the past few months, was inspired by your two poems ---REQUIEM and THE NIGHTJAR-- posted in February and March of this year, as well as by Verse 8 of Psalm 26. Thanks --- Steffen


The old fathers in their oval frames
Have no part in you, dear Titian.
The dust is no sanctuary.
Think what breath or miracle
This season before us holds:
The way spring uncovers the darkest seeds
Fallen in autumn's apocalypse of passion scarlet
Ripened now to golden gleaming
In silent comings into being.

Vultum tuum, Domine, requiram.
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Re: The Nightjar (Sonnet)

Postby titian dj » Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:56 pm

Thanks, Steffen

I was quite bowled over by your reply and delighted to read your poem, Vultuum....Sometimes it's difficult to know if a poem is hitting the mark and that is why honest critique is such a precious gift. 'To see ourselves as others see us'.

This was a moving poem to write, so thanks again.


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