Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR

Gold Star - 48,977 Points (1960 / A Collection of Select Literary Works)

' While You Were Asleep { Ariels Wake} - Poem by Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR

I watch you as you sleep,
Feel a warming breeze pass your cold, still lips;
An essence of florals, and my eyes affix,
On the bleeding heart draped upon your silk, blue gown.

A string of pearl rosaries intertwine alabaster fingers;
The Crucifix looks down on you with venerating passion;
A single ivory rose finds peace beside your breast;
Reminds me of the one you pressed in that paperback of Poe.

And, oh, those abhorrent catty-cornered torchere lamps,
Juxtaposed and rigid as Buckingham Guards.
You used to say ''Why must parlors insist on their presence? ''
I despise them too, and for you my love, I command their removal.

'Tis nine at night, prayers of closure fade to eerie silence;
I exercise temperence with amorphous expression;
Masking wired nerves, depressed veins in migrain;
Handshakes of pestilence acknowledge unknown faces.

Woke up this morning to the sound of rain, our final day will cry.
Alone now, kneeling before you; so many thoughts, so little time;
Instead, I kiss your powdered cheek, and whisper in your ear:
''l await the day i'll place an ivory rose on you, again''.


Comments about ' While You Were Asleep { Ariels Wake} by Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR

  • Bronze Star - 2,929 Points Cynthia Buhain-baello (7/24/2015 8:34:00 PM)

    So deeply sad and encompassing grief, touching heart and soul - and reading this presents us with a portrait of how we ourselves will eventually lie in sleep -eternal sleep. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 48,977 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/11/2015 4:39:00 AM)

    A Very Good Morning To The High Schools & Middle Schools of the GREENBURGH/EDGEMONT School District #9

    Welcome, and thank you for visiting my work today, this Saturday, July 11th,2015... The High schools and middle schools of Edgemont and Greenburgh have continued to achieve status in the upper 15% of The nation, which is an achievement all of you, both student body, and faculty, and certainly not to forget your dedicated administrators, who made this visit possible today should all be proud of...As a rule, I don't like to pin-point any specific work of mine to hone in on, however, those that appear on the first two pages of my jacket of work seem to garner the most visits on average. So I'm going to have to assume that if I've done anything right with pen in hand, that it wound up on the first two pages of work..LoL! .Hope you enjoy...And, BTW, this site has tens of thousands of members, many f good merit quality...Don't make today your only visit...make it your first of, many visits to the poem pages of some very polished Poet's and Writers. Finally, for any of you who have either dabbled, are dabbling and or have an itching to dabble in the beauty & sophistication of the Literary Arts.., I strongly recommend that you consider becoming a member.There is no membership fee, and you will have the works of tens of thousands from 5 continents at your fingertips, to read, study, critique, share and post your own work on a 24/7/365 basis. So, enjoy...and through my prv. email, please let me know what you're thinking...what you liked, disliked...anything you want to share with me...I can take it, trust me... I once was a well known(to internet sites & local poetry clubs) as a harsh, dragon mouth critic, you know, like Donald Trump, only broke! LoL!
    Frank James Ryan, Jr./ I.P.M...Library of Congress, Washington D.C./USA (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 48,977 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (5/12/2015 11:04:00 PM)

    Thank You to the Staff and Students of the Contemporary Arts Program at Livingston College for their visit to my work, and utilizing it as a source of study for their weekly modules on American Contemporary Literature.
    Your show of interest in my work is both appreciated and humbling. Please do visit again!

    Frank J.Ryan, Jr./I.P.M. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 48,977 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (5/12/2015 11:03:00 PM)

    A major Thank You to the Staff and Students of the Contemporary Arts Program at Livingston College for their visit to my work, and utilizing it as a source of study for their weekly modules on American Contemporary Literature.
    Your show of interest in my work is both appreciated and humbling. Please do visit again!

    Frank J.Ryan, Jr./I.P.M. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,681 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/11/2015 12:48:00 PM)

    Full of feeling and loaded with love and loss. well done my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,693 Points Jaishree Nair (3/8/2015 3:55:00 AM)

    Well emoted the grief when a loved one passes on to the other world leaving you heartbroken........ 10 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,897 Points Patricia Grantham (2/25/2015 12:36:00 PM)

    A very vivid and most poignant write. You can just sense
    the pain and grief there. Very good indeed, (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,072 Points Heather Wilkins (7/11/2013 6:18:00 PM)

    beautifully written. good imagery. I enjoyed this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 120 Points Amanda Laurent (11/19/2012 12:03:00 AM)

    Such a powerful poem. Your words brought such vivid imagery to the moment you described. I could especially appreciate the honesty in the line, Handshakes of pestilence acknowledge unknown faces. Beautiful and heartbreaking. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 18, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 19, 2015


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