Valsa George


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Wielding a tool, mighty and spiky
Mightier than either the sword or rod
He reigns, monarch in Fancy's domain
Sketching life in fanciful colour and mode

Which with pain and strife fraught
Or bright with gaiety and grace
In finer yarn than the gossamer thread
On the fabric of words in befitting verse

He steals away from the noisy crowd
In to the stillness of the cloistered cell
To dwell with Fancy's mystic charms
Weaving downy dreams at will

He recounts forgotten tales of yore
Of bloody battles won and lost,
Of lovers united, amour defiled,
Conjuring memories from abysmal past

He hearkens to the moans of lovelorn souls
And sings of beauty in ditties fine
Triggering sparks into flames grow
In umpteen hearts that pine and whine

Babbling with the brook rushing swift,
Racing with the deer loping past,
He wanders into mysterious woods
Where flowers, their richest odours cast

His ears intent on the song of birds
That comes floating from the far off groves
And the whirr of cicadas on the bark of trees
Breaking the calm of twilight eves

Alone he saunters the stretching strands,
Watching virulent breakers in fury heave
Often his heart dancing with the tide
And swinging with the rhythm of rising wave

He feasts on the gleam of the auburn sun
And the speckled blue of the infinite skies
Watching the day dying in flame
And the night in a diadem of stars vies

All that's lovesome meets his eyes
And communes to him in profuse delight
Which he turns into rhyme and rhythm
For the whole of mankind to devour and digest

From his harp flow symphonies sweet
Songs of longing, love and lust
Of idyllic happiness, peace and bliss,
Fuelling hearts with vigorous zest

Though outlawed by the great sage of Greece,
Branding the bard, aberrant and a fool
Oft beneath the façade of his wayward thoughts,
Lie heaps of wisdom for the discerning soul.

Submitted: Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Edited: Friday, April 19, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is my 100th poem on Poem Hunter. I thank all my good friends who have encouraged me so far with positive comments and also invite each of you to evaluate this piece! I have crystallised most of my notions about a poet in this, that I have gathered from my reading of classical poets!

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  • Daniel Brick (7/25/2014 5:50:00 AM)

    ALL THAT'S LOVESOME... HE TURNS INTO RHYME AND RHYTHM FOR THE WHOLE OF MANKIND TO DEVOUR AND DIGEST. This is a wonderful summary passage after many stanzas that evoke the loveliness in striking images drawn from all facets of the landscape. Nature is especially fortunate to have a poet like you to celebrate her beauties. this is the kind of poetry - the Romantic Movement - which made me fall in love with poetry. I can sense the presence of wordsworth and Keats and others in your language, My poetry too is informed and shaped by their example. But I also read Asian poetry - I am particularly fond of Kalidasa's THE CLOUD MESSENGER which can be compared to Shelley's THE CLOUD. Ramanujan translated Tamil poems into Inglish in a volume called the Interior Landscape which has been my companion since the 1970's. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/20/2014 9:24:00 AM)

    Beautiful it is and enjoyed in reading and reciting the lines of poem with much happiness and felt it a nice creativity coming from the inner mind of the poet but unfortunately a little difficult to understand the real meaning which I thing about the poetry is the theme. There is a special style and rhythm peculiar in the poems of the poet and which is marvelous always to read and recite and like it in that sense and awaits new ones. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (6/12/2014 7:56:00 PM)

    I tried to select the best lines from this poem, but I failed. The entire poem is a work of art and a model of beauty. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (11/23/2013 6:50:00 AM)

    I have read each and every comment, all 43 of those preceding mine, and may I say I felt immensely elated as you poets have expressed your generous minds to praise this poem, and nay, the poet. I, being a tiny part of the fraternity, basked in the joy of yours. Particular among those I liked, are the comments of Dinesh Nair, Rajendran Muthiah, Joseph Anderson, Elena Sandu, C.P. Sharma, Romeo Della Valle, Danny Draper, Greg Uhan, David Wood, Hazel Evelyn Durham, Payal Parande, Bri Edwards, Valsa George (her comments on Bri Edwards') and Pradip C. Kudos to all of you who have left your words here! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (11/21/2013 11:15:00 PM)

    Dear Mr. Khirul
    I am bowled over by this wonderful comment coming from a very gifted poet! This being chosen as the member poem is a matter of great joy and I enjoy the recognition coming on my way for my simple lines. Only after giving a serious thought to it that I wrote this poem with concious editing and rewriting! I appreciate your willingness to applaud my efforts! Thank you so much! (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (11/21/2013 10:27:00 PM)

    First of all, my heartiest congratulations on two counts:
    1. This being your 100th poem (among many more hundreds to come) .
    2. This being selected as the 'Member Poem Of the Day'.
    Having said that, I must commend you for this gem of a piece, was highly delighted to read and recite a number of times. I must also thank you for enriching my vocabulary with many unfamiliar but beautiful words, appropriate to the context.
    Every stanza is a gem by its own merit, but I liked the following three the most:

    'He hearkens to the moans of lovelorn souls
    And sings of beauty in ditties fine
    Triggering sparks into flames grow
    In umpteen hearts that pine and whine'
    Most lovelorn souls look up to a poet's work to find solace, peace and bliss. They'll delightfully acknowledge these lines.
    And...
    'All that's lovesome meets his eyes
    And communes to him in profuse delight
    Which he turns into rhyme and rhythm
    For the whole of mankind to devour and digest'
    And...
    'Though outlawed by the great sage of Greece,
    Branding the bard, aberrant and a fool
    Oft beneath the façade of his wayward thoughts,
    Lie heaps of wisdom for the discerning soul.'
    Wonderful! Wonderful! ! Wonderful! ! ! Glad to give a well deserved 10/10. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (11/18/2013 8:31:00 PM)

    congratulations! ...you have always been one of my favourite poetess...
    I absolutely love your work! :) (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (11/18/2013 10:50:00 AM)

    From your harp flows symphonies sweet.....congrats Valsa ma'am on poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (11/18/2013 8:22:00 AM)

    Excellent poem. So happy to read it as member poem today. Yes a poet imagines, creates, inspires and leads with out a sword or a chisel. Valsa you are one of them. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (11/18/2013 8:08:00 AM)

    This ia great. You succeeded in exposing the modus operandi of a poet. A lot of efforts has gone into this. Kudos (Report) Reply

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (8/28/2013 1:50:00 AM)

    From his harp flow symphonies sweet
    Songs of longing, love and lust
    Of idyllic happiness, peace and bliss,
    Fuelling hearts with vigorous zest

    Brilliant poetry to reach the landmark! (Report) Reply

  • Om Chawla (8/27/2013 6:40:00 AM)

    There is a saying, ' Jahan na pohanche ravi wahan pohanche kavi' meaning poet reaches where even sun shine cant; that is the sweep that a poet commands.Very well written. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/24/2013 11:30:00 PM)

    Hmmm.......!
    Hi, Bri,
    I welcome your critcism which is at once constructive and instructive. I remember having read the comment by one of my poet friends... which you have repeated...! ! Yes, the title should have been a little more catchy! Some how 'your hawk eyed presence' on Poem Hunter is a little intimidating to poets like me who are not much confident about the right punctuation or diction! But as your sense of humour often predominates, even if you say something serious, ..... we feel light taking it to be a joke! So when you really mean something serious, put 'serious' in parenthesis! !

    Thank you Bri for all the well meaning criticism couched in appreciation and light wit! ! (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/24/2013 1:49:00 PM)

    But a small request: The title given is not fitting well to precede such a flow of ideas...
    NOW i have read all of the 31? comments which were written before my first comment was written. i had only read two of them before i commented. if i had read all of them i might not have been so critical. NO! ... i still woud be. but the only other remotely critical comment (from another reader) was what i copied at the beginning of this comment.
    of course my criticism is meant to be constructive criticism/instructive? criticism. ok, everybody loves valsa and her poem. well i DO like it also, as you can tell if you read my first comment carefully. have a nice day everybody. bri (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/24/2013 1:35:00 PM)

    valsa, it is now july 24 (in u.s.) 2013 and this poem is now #112, i think, on your list; (was your 100th submitted i guess) . now to read and comment as you requested, my friend! bri
    ok. as for the line: ...Mightier than either the sword or rod.........personally, i'd rather be armed with a sword or rod if i were defending my home from an invader........unless perhaps the invader were a fellow (male of female) poet. then my quick wit and poetic slashes might vanquish the foe.
    In to the stillness ...i'll try to remember to deal with this in a separate message to you valsa.

    He recounts forgotten tales of yore...i guess a good poet (i won't mention any names) COULD recount
    something everybody (else) had forgotten! ha ha
    Triggering sparks into flames grow...look for this in my message.
    i really like: In umpteen hearts that pine and whine... i've known a few hearts (well, at least one or two) which have indeed pined and whined when they were no longer with me.
    there are quite a few sections i particularly enjoyed, including: Often his heart dancing with the tide
    And swinging with the rhythm of rising wave


    He feasts on the gleam of the auburn sun
    And the speckled blue of the infinite skies
    Watching the day dying in flame
    And the night in a diadem of stars vies....
    ....i really like rhyming so i was pleased to read skies/vies. and, yet, i have some trouble with it. it seems the night/darkness-and-starlight is competing with the day/sun for Mankind's attention. if the word vying could be worked into the stanza in place of vies, it would sound better to me in that is would seem more consistent in verb-form (in that a good word?) AND it would rhyme with dying. an internal rhyme is good also!
    i know, to some, it will seem that i'm doing a lot of complaining. (you are lucky you don't live with me) but i am compelled to comment on this line: ....From his harp flow symphonies sweet....i agree that it is ok to compare poetry to music. of course lots of poetry has been set to music or vice versa. but the poem title is
    Poet, not Harpist. why wouldn't pen, pencil, or even crayon(for little poets) be more appropriate than harp? ?
    i won't deal with the last stanza here. aren't you all very glad? a nice poem........though, for my tastes, it deals too much with love and bliss and such. well she DID mention bloody battles; that was nice for a change. and i really enjoyed the time taken for walks in the woods and on the beach. thanks for sharing.
    next time try to make it funnier please (i know you can do it if you put your mind to it, valsa) . bri

    i'll send it to my poemlist. (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (7/23/2013 5:57:00 AM)

    beautiful, i don't know how i missed it..i am amazed how can some simple words can be transformed into a bewitching melody...bravo again (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (7/21/2013 7:17:00 AM)

    A great insight into rhe imaginative and observant mind of a poet with the most stunning lines that capture the fruitful store of knowledge brimming over with words that linger with such clarity and vision!
    Brilliant write!
    Thank you for sharing and congrats! (Report) Reply

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