"Poet on a Mountaintop" 15th century Chinese painting.‘Body and Mind Recluse’ by Leonard Dabydeen The Society October 5, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 9 Comments “A man’s as old as he’s feeling …” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge “If the body frees the mind in its quest For youthful dreams to be forever young Let not Time play such games like cricket test* To stay batting because the gloves are hung. If I should sit alone in dark of night Will I hear angels singing of a new King? Or should I let my mind wander for light Until sunlight herald flowers of Spring? Never too old,” I think in solitude, Murmuring to myself, “Am I too late?” But the Mind regales with much gratitude That I am so far from St. Peter’s Gate. When youthful feelings prod the mind to soar Sweet dreams go far beyond ocean’s shore. *Cricket test or test cricket is an international sport. Test matches are played between competing countries (England vs Australia …) When a test player “stays batting,” this means he is not available to play in international matches. He hangs up his gloves. Leonard Dabydeen is author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems , Xlibris Publication(2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci Poems, Xlibris Publication (2015) Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 9 Responses Ram October 5, 2017 beautiful! Reply Leonard Dabydeen October 9, 2017 Thank you, Ram ji. Reply Leonard Dabydeen November 20, 2017 Thanks for the response, Ram. Reply Debbie October 5, 2017 This is a beautiful sonnet, my friend. I love the title–it really caught my eye and I had to read this~Debbie Reply Leonard Dabydeen October 9, 2017 Thank you, Debbie. Appreciate your read and comment. Reply Satyananda Sarangi October 6, 2017 Greetings Leonard sir. A very well crafted sonnet- its meaning is as rich as its rhyme scheme. There’s an unique flow and cadence. Loved it thoroughly. Regards & best wishes. Reply Leonard Dabydeen October 9, 2017 Thanks for your reading and comments, Satyananda Sarangi ji. Reply David Hollywood October 8, 2017 Lovely. Reply Leonard Dabydeen October 9, 2017 Thank you, David Hollywood. Reply Leave a Reply to Debbie Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.