"Mount Aetna from Taormina, Sicily" by Thomas Cole‘The Archaeological Gardens at Giardini-Naxos’ and Other Poetry by William Ruleman The Society May 19, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 12 Comments The Archaeological Gardens at Giardini-Naxos 7 March 2018 The stones are overgrown with clover now, Drowned by daisies, fresh cape sorrel too; Orange or lemon globes gleam from each bough; Mankind’s Old’s usurped by Nature’s New. To think such careful craft should come to this, We muse while roaming at our modern ease. God’s art will conquer all our artifice And leave the rubble to the brooding bees. In the Villa Communale, Taormina 9 March 2018 The bushes shimmer, shedding dawn’s dull shower: Jasmine, trumpet vine conspire to join The bougainvillea in fiery flower Under Sun’s still cloud-stained glowing coin. I drink the scents in, greet the gurgling doves, The bold birds singing in the cypresses: The whole world seems to teem with little loves. I strain to ken what every creature says. With softened roar, the waves caress the shore. Take your tone from us, I hear them say. Quell your worldly quests, your lust for more. Make all the music God can grant this day. Pray that everyone on earth may find This morning’s mirthful mood and restful mind. William Ruleman recently visited Sicily for the first time. He likes to write about his travels, as in Munich Poems (Cedar Springs Books, 2016). 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 12 Responses Allen May 19, 2018 Two stunningly beautiful poems Reply David Hollywood May 19, 2018 Lovely poetry. Reply Joe Tessitore May 19, 2018 These are beautiful! Reply Lorna Davis May 19, 2018 Wonderful poems! Such a combination of the beauty of the moment and that transcending, long view of life, and every word perfect. These were a joy to read. Reply David Paul Behrens May 19, 2018 Very nice. Reply C.B. Anderson May 19, 2018 Superb! I understand how difficult it is to make a poem seem easy, as though it had written itself. It requires a deftness that comes from long practice (and probably long study of other classic works). I thought Lorna’s comments about the “long view” & “every word perfect” were spot on. Reply Leo Yankevich May 19, 2018 I very much enjoyed “The Archaeological Gardens at Giardini-Naxos” Reply David Watt May 20, 2018 These are both beautiful poems. “The Archaeological Gardens at Giardini-Naxos” particularly impresses me due to its easy flow and abundant imagery. Reply J. Simon Harris May 20, 2018 The first poem (“Archaeological Gardens”) is really good. Great second stanza, especially the last two lines. Reminds me of some of the poems of the Japanese poet Basho. You might enjoy his work if you haven’t read it. Nicely done! Reply William Ruleman May 20, 2018 Thank you all for your helpful, kind, and encouraging comments. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to respond to my work. It is highly gratifying to find myself in the company of so many fine poets. Indeed, I am awed—even overwhelmed—by the rich abundance and variety of work appearing on the Society website and in its print journal. In fact, it tends to be the case that before I have time to articulate a meaningful response to one day’s entry—one that will halfway do justice to it and its author—another post comes along to claim the attention. But this is also one of the marvels of the Society site: if you miss one train, there is always another to catch (that is, if you are fast enough!). Reply James Sale May 21, 2018 Yes, I agree: beautiful and evocative work. I especially love that last line: And leave the rubble to the brooding bees. Brooding bees: that is so good. Reply Bieder C. Weslau May 21, 2018 Simply a helpless will to swill… Reply Leave a Reply 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.