Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Apollo Sleeps (Sonnet)


The sable sky devours the dying sun
Apollo sleeps, thus silent be his lyre,
So I shall sleep, for now the day is done
And shadows fall beneath the fading fire

As Luna softly smiles upon the night
Apollo sleeps, with laurel wreath adorned,
And darkness takes his place to steal my sight
The closing of the day forever mourned

For blinded thus, my soul no longer sings
(Apollo sleeps, the poet’s heart then stilled) ,
All thought has flown upon celestial wings
My heart no more to dance, no more fulfilled

Apollo sleeps, I pray that he shall wake -
My spirit, life, and soul, no more forsake

Submitted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Edited: Friday, May 31, 2013

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  • Amitava Sur (7/1/2014 6:46:00 PM)

    A beautiful sonnet with an amazing imaginary, you brought in deity like Apollo, the God of poetry and literature. very nice, Valerie... loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (4/11/2014 5:33:00 AM)

    I revere the ancient Greek deities, for me they are not dead but live within the psyche. A book by the German scholar Walter Otto called THE HOMERIC GODS has informed my viewpoint. So my POV on Apollo is the beautiful but terrifying god who appears in the ILIAD. Your poem has refreshed me with an entirely different POV. Herein Apollo is the god of poetry, the one who inspires humans, and he too sleeps like all of us. I'm sure this sleep and yours and mine will be the sleep which restores the tired mind, fills it with new energy and prepares it for the next poem upon awakening. I can almost guarantee it; your sonnet gives that confidence. (Report) Reply

  • Oladehinde J. Ibikunle (1/26/2014 4:37:00 PM)

    Great work of art here. You've got the words and the pen at your reachable disposal. Nice ma.
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  • Kevin Patrick (6/13/2013 9:05:00 PM)

    Great subject for topic, it feels very much like a forgetting work that was found in an attic, the words jut drift so naturally to each other. No more forsake your light is bright. the sun god himself would find this a fitting tribute in his honour. (Report) Reply

  • G.R. Gaus (6/8/2013 11:27:00 PM)

    Apollo has indeed become my Sun God, since choosing to live on Solar Energy, When he sleeps my batteries suffer, when he wakes all is well in my delicate little world. I also pray that he shall wake again and again. Nice touch Valerie, the Sun is life itself...... (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/3/2013 1:00:00 AM)

    For blinded thus, my soul no longer sings
    (Apollo sleeps, the poet’s heart then stilled) ,
    All thought has flown upon celestial wings
    My heart no more to dance, no more fulfilled

    Beautiful concept! The thoughts flown upon celestial wings will definitely come back to the poet to take her to ever loftier heights! ! Greatly enjoyed! ! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (6/1/2013 5:30:00 AM)

    A lovely sonnet Val, inspirational. There is something special about a sonnet, keep writing them. (Report) Reply

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