Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Shaded Avenues

Down shaded avenues I wander
'Midst the falling Autumn leaves -
In solitude to dream and ponder
On all which the world now grieves.

Sweet melodies have softly faded
With the dying of the sun -
The paths of joy and love abraded,
All things lost and all things done.

With tranquil mind and silent yearning
For a time when peace shall be -
So armed with love and gracious learning,
Shall my heart and soul be free.

Thus on to distant realms I travel,
Searching for a future time
When every dream shall then unravel -
Splendid, wonderful, sublime.

Ah, be then still my soul forever,
No more tossed, torn, nor defiled -
All life's vicissitudes to sever,
Seeking lands yet fair and mild.

Oh, for a land where sunshine lingers,
Oh, for a land of sweet repose
Where every care slips through my fingers -
Peacefully ling'ring at the close...

Ah, peacefully ling'ring at the close.

Submitted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 08, 2014

Topic(s): Poetry

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  • Rookie - 103 Points Mary Forrester (9/1/2013 3:57:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful poem Valerie, I have read this poem several times, it draws me in every time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 919 Points Kevin Patrick (8/1/2013 5:26:00 PM)

    This shaded avenue is like a dream of opal coming to life. Thank you for taking me there (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,582 Points Lyn Paul (7/31/2013 8:45:00 AM)

    Such a pure peaceful write with flowing words. You are respected so beautifully, can just feel it in the comments. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points G.R. Gaus (7/25/2013 11:15:00 PM)

    You have described my vision of the afterlife, freedom from all that we have created upon ourselves in this mortal plane. Well written in verse and rhyme as always..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 7 Points Chandana Khan (7/25/2013 1:42:00 AM)

    Sweet melodies have softly faded
    With the dying of the sun -
    The paths of joy and love abraded,
    All things lost and all things done.

    very nice! 10 marks (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,318 Points Patricia Grantham (7/24/2013 9:13:00 AM)

    Truly this is a very breathtaking write Valerie. You so eloquently described a
    place that is so beautiful in all it's surroundings and glory. To exists in a state
    of bliss as this poem suggests is quite satisfying. This reminds me of my poem
    A Land so Fair. An Inspiring and uplifting write. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,967 Points Valsa George (7/24/2013 6:57:00 AM)

    A peaceful, unostentatious slipping away into a state of bliss, free from all cares and worries of existence! Lovely images! A Lovely write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,572 Points Walterrean Salley (7/23/2013 10:55:00 PM)

    A poem of longing. The endless search for a utopia, in hopes of escaping the cares of this life.. So beautifully fashioned Val. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,095 Points Sandra Feldman (7/23/2013 9:51:00 PM)

    Felt a ever encompassing need for inner peace and reaching a fairy land? The dream land of the poet so hard to find but hope lives forever in this poet's heart. The reader travels with you and you transmit your feelings and thoughts in a framework of beautiful lace and poetic color as is your style. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (7/23/2013 2:38:00 PM)

    A graphic scene... you put your readers into it by the imaginative powers...
    the longing is impressive:

    Oh, for a land where sunshine lingers,
    Oh, for a land of sweet repose
    Where every care slips through my fingers -
    Peacefully ling’ring at the close...

    Ah, peacefully ling’ring at the close. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 622 Points Dave Walker (7/23/2013 2:36:00 AM)

    A beautiful and wonderful flowing poem.
    So relaxing to read. Peace and sweet dreams is what we all search for.
    A very very beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,485 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/22/2013 1:48:00 PM)

    Oh, for a land where sunshine lingers,
    Oh, for a land of sweet repose
    Beautifully expressed. Wish to trod those lands. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Lucifera Santez (7/22/2013 10:17:00 AM)

    valerie, its a wonder.
    oh for the land where sunshine lingers,
    oh for the land of sweet repose.
    my favorite lines.......
    please try to read my new poem song of thorn bird.
    :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Dee Corpolongo (7/22/2013 9:23:00 AM)

    Val, this is written so beautifully, with your wonderful descriptions
    carrying my thoughts to such a peaceful place, I'd like to embrace.
    ahhh.....maybe someday soon, someday soon. Thank you for the thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 79 Points David Wood (7/22/2013 8:35:00 AM)

    A delightful poem that brings warmth and hope to the reader. Good one Val. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 85 Points Danny Draper (7/22/2013 6:08:00 AM)

    A splendid lilting verse. May we all reach that nirvana and there in comfort and contentment gracefully retire. (Report) Reply

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