Anthony Di'anno

(North Yorkshire)

Growing Light


Growing light, may thy being ever shine,
Not be cloaked in grey falsely conjured cloud,
But unabashed across the reach of thine,
Through lilted wood where bird and insect crowd.

A giddy hush of variegated leaves,
Dancing upon delicate outstretched stems,
Looking to burst through crocheted canopies,
From scraunched broken shelled, dusty husk spilt hems.

Destined to fertilize the sacred ground,
Where their own scattered seeds will one day lay,
Until they are eventually found,
Where bright eyed smiles wash long shadows away.

For is not life pure contracted duty.
To nourish nature and sustain beauty?

Submitted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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  • Daniel Brick (3/29/2014 11:50:00 AM)

    You found exactly the right title for your sonnet, because it describes morning light growing stronger but also suggests the psychological illumination within the human observer. There is a wonderful stillness in this poem despite the activity of natural things it describes. The stillness is not something nature gives us; it's what you give us. And that's a profound power a poet can exercise. I love T.S.Eliot's line: THE STILL POINT OF A TURNING WORLD. His line is abstract, a generalization - your sonnet gives us the natural things which support the general statement. I just thought of another meaning of the title: this poem has made me GROW LIGHT - it has made me light-hearted on a dark spring afternoon! (Report) Reply

  • Lynne Fincherspringarden (3/23/2014 7:41:00 AM)

    Another stunningly beautiful poem that literally brought tears to my eyes. You are such a classical poet. God bless you for sharing your special gifts with the rest of us mere mortals. You must be the reincarnation of one of the greats. You are so at one with nature, she speaks through you. She smiles upon your words. You are the beautiful observer of her wondrous works. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (9/19/2013 5:20:00 PM)

    Move over Shakespeare, I have found a sonneteer who is in your league. Fabulous in form, execution and subject matter. Deep-deep. You should send more of thes`10 plus (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (7/25/2013 6:49:00 AM)

    'giddy hush' and 'crocheted canopies' - gorgeous imagery and terrific last lines. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (6/24/2013 4:34:00 AM)

    A fine sonnnet with some great lines. Especially rich was line 8 and the question of the final couplet, while aged and anthropomorphic in the the role and value of nature is rich and finely composed. A smooth wisp in in that sun lit copse. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/22/2013 5:32:00 AM)

    The sight of variegated leaves dancing upon delicate outstretched stems and scattered seeds under waiting for resurrection are all beautiful images! Enjoyed the poem greatly! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (6/22/2013 12:43:00 AM)

    Yes i agree with all, nice poem with great ending...love it Anthony!
    Growing light from a land of dark..
    Where in the darkness we shall harvest the bright
    May our hearts find something as a light too
    because in your life always something for you
    _Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (6/21/2013 10:49:00 AM)

    A beautiful sonnet. You are a great sonneteer, such wonderful use of words. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (6/21/2013 7:56:00 AM)

    nourish nature and sustain beauty, good write, thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

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