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Free Verse

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Wow!!! That was just BEAUTIFUL!!! I wish I could do that! Here in my neck of the woods, it's the Mighty Oak that's slow to leaf out. My backyard has that lovely Red Maple that's all pretty now, my front yard has a handful of old Oaks, (and I do mean old... they'd give Methuselah a run for the money!) and they're all bare. The plus side of them is that when it's 90 outside, the front side of the house is about 70... ;)


 Comment Written 20-May-2019



reply by the author on 21-May-2019
    Thank you for this lovely review and the six star grading. There are certainly many different varieties of oak even in this country. They are generally long lived and slow growing.
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Pantygynt, this is a most enjoyable free verse poem. It is so descriptive and seems to sing off the page with the changing scenes of land and sea as well as the sprinkling of alliteration to bring it further to life. This is a great read! ~DD


 Comment Written 20-May-2019



reply by the author on 20-May-2019
    Thank you so much for this complimentary review. I am particularly pleased that you think it 'sings' as my aim with free verse is to make it DL just that whatever else it may or may not do.
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Lovely. I always scroll down and review the 27th on the list as this is my day of birth. So glad I landed on your work. This is very creatively crafted. A wonderful choice of photo to accompany your words. The flow is genuine and the topic chosen is fantastic. Lovely. There is absolutely nothing that could add to this, except giving you a 6, which I am regrettably out of. Good Luck. :)
Wendy


 Comment Written 19-May-2019



reply by the author on 19-May-2019
    Thank you for this complimentary review. I am so pleased to attract a new reviewer to my work.
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Very well done, J. I did have to read the narrative notes a couple of times and then reread the poem because so much of it was foreign to me. With the help of the notes I was able to understand and enjoy your words. It was great that this was recognized.


 Comment Written 19-May-2019



reply by the author on 19-May-2019
    There were probably more nautical terms in this than a klansman could handle. Thank you for persevering and eventually enjoying the poem. And thank you for this review.

reply by aryr on 20-May-2019
    most welcome
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Hi Jim, first of all, I would like to say that I like your free verse poem very much. The imagery is great and the rhythm wonderful. But, to back to the imagery. Being a sailor almost all my life, I especially liked that analogue. All best. Ulla:)))


 Comment Written 19-May-2019



reply by the author on 19-May-2019
    Knowing you to be a sailor I hoped you would get to see this as I had a feeling it would appeal to you. Thank you so much for reviewing.
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Hi, Jim. Very well written and constructed poetry here, my friend. As usual, your words give the reader food for thought. I liked these lines in particular:

"These will be the last of trees
to blushingly conceal their limbs,"

Well done. :) Bob


 Comment Written 18-May-2019



reply by the author on 19-May-2019
    No worries about adverbs in poetry then? Sorry, I couldn't resist that. Thank you for this complimentary review. I am pleased it got you thinking.

reply by Mastery on 19-May-2019
    You're good, you. LOL :) Bob
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You've squeezed the analogy for all the juice it contains!
I've not heard the term 'show their copper' before, but it makes perfect sense in relation to the more common phrase 'to show one's mettle' - I presume the etymology is closely aligned.The weather takes its toll on land as well as sea, and one must bend to its will or break.
A nice unfolding of the seasons here. I enjoyed this one a lot.


 Comment Written 18-May-2019



reply by the author on 18-May-2019
    Thanks for this supportive review and the galaxy of stars. I am determined to put the music back into free verse. Glad you enjoyed this.

reply by tfawcus on 18-May-2019
    The music and the sense.

reply by the author on 18-May-2019
    Thank you for that.
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Wow! This is a great piece of writing Jim. You have schooled us on all the nautical terms used by the sailors in your neck of the woods- or should I say Ocean? Free verse is not my cup of tea, but you did a wonderful here.
Mixing visions of both tree and ship and the wayward wind.
Excellent. Nancy:)


 Comment Written 18-May-2019



reply by the author on 18-May-2019
    Thank you for this complimentary review. I am determined to put the beauty back into free verse. Thank you for being so appreciative.
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This is a very pleasant and detailed poetic description of the landscape in your part of the world.
The photograph is also beautiful.
Thanks so much for sharing.


 Comment Written 18-May-2019



reply by the author on 18-May-2019
    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this.
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Hello Jim,
I have read your exceptionally well-crafted free verse offering three times, and each time I find more to enjoy about it. It is as if I am walking along a country road in Chester and viewing your beautiful country for the very first time. Your poem is rhythmical and lyrical. It reads very well aloud. But most of all, I so appreciate the visual imagery that you have crafted for the reader. "Sailors on a soldier's wind" = exquisite.
If I may point out one nit: tug, in shear (sheer) frustration,

Thank you for sharing!
diane


 Comment Written 17-May-2019



reply by the author on 18-May-2019
    Thank you for this lovely review and the six star grading. I particularly appreciate your reading this at the very time you must be experiencing the views about which I am writing for the first time. It is many years since I visited Chester, but I remember it as a very attractive city. I hope you continue to enjoy your visit.

    Thank you for picking up that typo. I have corrected that, it must have resulted from the approach to our shearing season (next month) when we get the wool off the backs of all those sheep.
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