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Harbor of Hades


My sojourn across the River Styx

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Hello Deano: I am not a lover of dark poetry unless you are the author.

It amazes me each time I read your work, what a great talent you have for this style of writing. This one is outstanding, as they all are.

You are clearly the best at what you do which makes me wonder sometimes if this all becomes boring for you. By that, I mean getting the same old reviews and so forth on each piece that you post. With a gift such as you have, you deserve so much more.

I'm predicting that this piece will be another "Poem of the Month" winner.

I hope you are well and feeling much better my friend...Bill


 Comment Written 19-Feb-2018


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I enjoyed your poem, but my favorite part was your line after saying you wrote this poem "just for the helluvit". In your poem I enjoyed the imagery and the sound you brought to your work


 Comment Written 19-Feb-2018



reply by the author on 19-Feb-2018
    Thanks so much for reading, Katie.
    Enjoy the remainder of your day and the week ahead.
    You comments are greatly appreciated.
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This is an awesome poem, Dean I love it. "til then, I must set sail." Oh no, and you're leaving on your ship or boat. heh-heh. Very cool picture. Horror Hugs! ~Kerry


 Comment Written 19-Feb-2018


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You write with such command of language, alliteration, rhyme and meter.
The darkness and torment of Hades comes through loud and clear in this masterfully written poem. The daunting music adds to the sojourn.

Well done my friend - as always,

Blessings
Janet



 Comment Written 19-Feb-2018


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The dark tale you spin is spell binding! The image, color of background and font are perfectly matched as well. I love the first two stanzas that draw the reader in and the last one which brings to point the continuation of doom. The skull under the water ripples is great! Nice read, I enjoyed.


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reply by the author on 19-Feb-2018
    Thanks so much for reading, jdrhye.
    Enjoy the remainder of your day and the week ahead.
    Your comments are greatly appreciated.
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Good morning, Dean

Enjoyed the poem. You've really created an atmosphere of utter hopelessness, devoid of any comfort, of a creeping malevolence that tortures the soul without remorse. Well done!

Take care and stay safe,

Ray


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Hi Dean, this is a very well written piece with good abab rhyme, with some good wording - spawned/beyond, squall/maul, etc. Very much in your style, but you do not usually personalize in this way. 'This boundless sea, has it no end? Oars beat, to no avail.' I like that line - not meant to arrive. 'A poem written just for the helluvit.'
LOL - thank goodness. A good poem, well written. Regards Dorothy x


 Comment Written 19-Feb-2018



reply by the author on 19-Feb-2018
    Thank you very much for reading and reviewing the poem, Dorothy.
    I appreciate your comments.
    Enjoy your day,
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    ~Dean
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Dean ... you write so wonderful and nicely. I'd love to have a beer with you. I know you are close ... let me know when you are available. I wonder if you are as creepy as you portray ... lol ... I know you are not, you've just an amazing mind ... so do I ... wondering how our minds would blend together.


 Comment Written 18-Feb-2018



reply by the author on 19-Feb-2018
    Thanks for the R&R, Cycler.
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I feel that I often write the same reviews of your poems, but they all seem to feature an exquisite use of alliteration (How does one not comment on that?), flawless meter and rhyme, an eerie, macabre tone that is perfectly suited to the subject matter, and some great imagery - in this one total aloneness in total darkness of a doomed sailor sailing toward hell - what an image!

I love the phrase "vapid indignation" - such a creative joining of seemingly contrasting feelings - it gives the sense of someone shouting while knowing that there's no chance of being heard. The sense that nothing he does matters because the sea is so vast, and is oars so pitifully inadequate, permeates this.

"Just for the helluvit"? I think not - a lot of thought went into the crafting of this one.


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I kept wondering what you did to merit such a ghastly journey! I could feel the cold creeping, and feel your despair. the alliteration was the icing on the cupcake. Caroline


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reply by the author on 19-Feb-2018
    Thanks for the R&R, Caroline.
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