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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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  • 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!

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  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • Crystal Rosser (11/18/2013 9:05:00 AM)

    A poet writing about a poet is always fun. :)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/18/2013 7:52:00 AM)

    Congrates Valsa lovely poem 10 thank you

  • 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!

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