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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: January 11, 2015      Views: 222
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MOUNTAINWRITER49 

I am recently retired and reside in the most beautiful area of Virginia--the Shenandoah Valley. I find beauty and inspiration in the mountains every day--it is one of my most faithful muses.

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Chapter 5 of the book 2015
My retirement poem
"A Time Arrives" by mountainwriter49
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A time arrives when one must say goodbye
to those with whom he’s worked these many years.
Oh, parting is not easy and it’s weighed
so heavily upon my mind and heart
         these past months as I’ve pondered life’s abound.
         I’ve had the chance to travel ‘round the world
         and make life’s friends and savor God’s estate.
         It’s been great fun to work with teams to help
make changes that are meaningful to people.
But work’s defined me for two score and six,
and now it’s time for me to walk new paths
in searching for the man I’ve yet to be.
         Man’s legacy rests not with accolades,
         but with his selfless deeds for fellow man.

10 January 2015

 

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Author Notes
Poetic Form:
Blank Verse Shakespearean Sonnet. This form follows the construct of the Shakespearean sonnet except there is no end-rhyme. I have written in iambic pentameter and utilized feminine verse in line 9. Blank verse originated in the 1500s and was made popular by Shakespeare.

Many thanks to the late AlvinTEthington for teaching me how to write in blank verse and to Brooke, aka Adewpearl, for teaching me how to write Shakespearean sonnets.

Inspiration:
I started writing this sonnet in September, 2014, but just couldn't find the words to finish it until this weekend. I'm still celebrating retirement.

Artwork:
I believe poetry should be able to stand on its own; consequently, I do not append digital artwork.

Thank you for reading my poetry.
-Ray
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

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