Treasure Island

Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

O What Of Sorrow


O what of sorrow, I ask, what of sorrow
Stealing the heart as a thief in the night
Shall there be rapture, sweet joy for tomorrow
Will there be sunshine to honour my sight

Silent the music that graced all my hearing
No more the rainbow to colour the sky
Full is my mind with all sadness and fearing
Hope yet forsakes me, forever to cry

Where shall I look in the midst of despairing
Which way to set my faint eyes in the shade
How to see through all the veils that I`m wearing
Anguish and darkness forever to fade

O what of gladness, I ask, what of gladness
Touching the soul like a freshly bloomed rose
Shall it there `bide yet to quell all my sadness
Spreading its petals as sweetly it grows

Filled with its splendour, and thus outward reaching
Seeking forever to find its true course
Living my life then within its great teaching
Happy and joyous, and free of remorse

Then shall I see all the light full surrounding
Hear once again the sweet sound of the lark
No more to feel yet the heartache confounding
Follow the star leading out of the dark

Submitted: Sunday, September 09, 2012
Edited: Sunday, December 09, 2012

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/1/2012 4:43:00 PM)

    excellent..couldn't help but read r.q. comment..
    valerie i have yet to find any poem of yours which
    didn't deserve a 10..this is outstanding. :) (Report) Reply

  • Ray Quesada (10/8/2012 3:58:00 PM)

    few people have your ability! ! i'd love to hear what you have to say about some of my poems! ! i give this one a 10, and i consider myself to be a seasoned critic of poetry and literature. i rarely give people a 10. bravo! !
    -RQ- (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (9/11/2012 6:00:00 AM)

    Perfect balance between the the two parts of this poem. An uplifting conclusion. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/11/2012 12:05:00 AM)

    Such spells of sorrow and gloom are part of life; but I am sure, that star will definitely lead you out of the dark! Great poem! ! (Report) Reply

  • Meera Panigrahi (9/10/2012 7:01:00 AM)

    No more to feel all the sorrow confounding
    Follow the star leading out of the dark

    Loved the ending. Full of hope and optimism (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (9/10/2012 1:59:00 AM)

    Such a heartfelt poem, I do hope you will be able to keep following that star that will lead you out of the dark.
    A lovely write. (Report) Reply

  • Anita Sehgal (9/9/2012 7:41:00 AM)

    Dear Valerie,
    Living my life then within its great teaching
    Happy and joyous, and free of remorse

    These two lines are indeed the crux of life.... very beautiful (Report) Reply

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