‘A Riverside Sonnet’ and Other Poetry by Gregory J. Liebau The Society April 25, 2016 Beauty, Poetry 3 Comments A Riverside Sonnet Under a tree and upon roots I sit, Drinking a forlorn draught of love’s sweet rhyme. Leaves fall and birds fly to distract my wit, For I’ve seen her not in so long a time! Days beyond counting are measured in years, Stretched out by feelings so tenderly kept. Over the river the green sheds its tears. Mine, for the hoping, have still not been wept. However it happens, one day we’ll meet, And dance in the misty joy of the morn! Into the water we’ll dip tangled feet, Our hearts as one shall ne’er again be torn. Ever flows the river beside the tree, As surely I know she’ll sit beside me. The High Sierras At Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park, CA High up above the stifled plains, Ageless mountains loom without names. Jagged peaks and rocky spires; Summer meadows licked by fires. There great pines surge toward the sky, Risen swiftly through years gone by. Roots and branches twist on the ground, Long time dead or recently downed. Dry leaves settle in golden brush, Fanned by the tender breeze’s push. High trees toppled, immense and old, Are buried ‘neath the meadow’s fold. Blue skies mock predators in flight, ‘Til evening dusk heralds starlight. Seasons pass and lands rearrange, Yet cliff and stone find little change. Upon those heights a timeless scene, From low vales remains unseen. Into the Storm A chilly wind blew and grey storm clouds rolled, Tumbling from the faraway north. The morning sun was dim and church bells tolled, Quiet and cloaked a man set forth. Across the greensward from the sleepy town, He set off at a trudging pace. With chattering teeth and eyes peering down, White mist danced upon his grim face. He welcomed warmly the dark sky full of wrath, That lonely man whereto he went. He grinned through the trials along his path, And his weary heart was content. Wending up steep hills and down through deep fens, From his worn boots wrung no small fee. Though low clouds burst upon uncounted bends, He made his way toward the sea. After a time he arrived where he went, Beside a boat moored in the bay. The rain lashed out and through his old cloak rent. On wild seas he spent the day. Gregory Liebau is a young man from California with a history degree from San Francisco State University (2012). His work has previously been published in historical magazines. Featured Image: “The Lady of Shalott” by John William Waterhouse. 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 3 Responses B G April 26, 2016 i wonder where this sense of precision comes from Reply B G April 26, 2016 Classical art always wakes me up. So sometimes it’s hard because …who like to wake up?:-), but there is an element to it that is basically like life itself. Reply Gregory May 18, 2016 Hello B G, Thanks for the comments! Sorry it took so long to get back to you… Have been on a lovely vacation. My style is very strict, indeed, mostly because I read ancient and medieval literature where freedom of form among the old masters is limited or nil. The ‘sense of precision,’ as you say (I’m blushing) is simply a matter of a great deal of editing what usually begins as a very free-spirited and untidy poem jotted down on a piece of paper at a moment’s notice. Cheers! 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.