"Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing," by William Blake, c.1786‘Marv’lous Melody’ and Other Poetry by Sara Spry The Society July 27, 2016 Beauty, Poetry 1 Comment Marv’lous Melody I read the words all leaping from the page And hear the joyful rhythm in my head But stop for you, an even-tonéd sage And listen to the words as they are said I could grow old to listen to your voice Each nuance is so pleasurable to hear And so I must profess indifferent choice To pleasure one, my eye or else my ear The difference when I read and hear it spoke Is so minutely small, and yet profound For when I read, I can the meaning take But marvel when I stop to hear the sound For reading poems, or to hear them read Is marv’lous melody inside my head A Beginning and Ending I. The ruins stretched before me loath to life I sought to enter there with purpose naught Except to rediscover things forgot A place within nostalgia crossed with strife What dangers and delights did ‘wait me there? Was there an answer yet for me to find? Did pure confusion wait within my mind? Or was this wreck my castle in the air? I hesitated at the sembled frame The rusted nails broke long ago by Lyme The boards with chipping edges warped by time That shaped a door once bolted by my shame Yet fearing for the things beneath my skin I trembled, and then once and all stepped in II. The ruins sit behind me in the dust I leaped the broken threshold with a sigh Now free of all the things that marred my eye I left them, with the reason that I must I’d wandered through my dreams of flowing lace All drifting in a room without a wall Then ambled through a damaged memory hall To gaze at sadness on my idol’s face And coming through I happened on a den That holds a monster lurking yet beneath An old nightmare with nasty, gnashing teeth… I asked my feet to show me where I’d been And though I’d but a single step acquired In but that single step I was inspired Sara Spry has been published in Avocet, Storyteller and The Penwood Review. 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)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response Dan Rattelle August 10, 2016 I couldn’t help but think you’ve captured a certain Elizabethan music that I really appreciated in “Marv’lous Melody.” And bravo on the abba scheme in “A Beginning and Ending,” I can never seem to pull that off. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour 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.