Painting of Duomo di Milano‘The Things I Have Not Done’ by Anthony Wang The Society June 5, 2018 Beauty, Culture, High School Submissions, Poetry 14 Comments I have not been to Medford, nor Milan; I have not seen a war, nor won the peace; I’ve risen to six thousand cloudy dawns that – not once – promised sun, and storms to cease. I have not stood to spurn the March of Time; nor have I dreamed of stories minus loss. Imposter lands do beckon – paths unwind as stubborn seas remain, to me, uncrossed. I have not drowned the snowy streets in ink that pours from some dark room behind my eyes; nor have I dwelled in candled inns to drink the lees, when it was all was left behind. And yet, I say again, on time I borrow: “Fear not! – for I shall do it all tomorrow.” Anthony Wang is a high school student in Toronto. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News: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) 14 Responses J. Simon Harris June 5, 2018 Very nice work, Anthony! You have a strong command of the sonnet form. It’s hard to believe you’re just a high school student (16 or 17 years old, or so I gather from line 3). I hope you continue writing. Reply Fr. Richard Libby June 5, 2018 Wow, this is very well done! Congratulations! Reply Trevor Siggers June 5, 2018 Anthony, your pen must continue. Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Brilliant and thanks for sharing your thoughtful lines. Best wishes Trevor Reply Joan Erickson June 5, 2018 I love it! Reply Barbara Barnes June 5, 2018 For one so young a new sky star’s been hung. Thank you Anthony Wong Reply James Sale June 5, 2018 Great rhyme Barbara!! And very talented poem too – really enjoyed the flow of this. Well done. Reply Amy Foreman June 5, 2018 Well done, Anthony! This sonnet is simple, elegant, and musical . . . all that a sonnet should be. I sincerely hope we see many more poems by you in the future. Keep on writing and submitting; you’re the real deal! Reply David Paul Behrens June 5, 2018 Very clever! I think you have a future, writing poetry, tomorrow and beyond. Reply Terry Reeves June 5, 2018 The thing you have not done so far is to gain understanding – but then few of us have ever done so. Reply C.B. Anderson June 5, 2018 Anthony, Amazingly, you seem to have mastered the strict iambic line at a fairly young age. And your teachers should congratulate you on your mastery of English diction and grammar, especially your expert placement of commas. But the final couplet, a nice ironic twist, is where your greatest talent lies. Reply Ramon Rodriguez June 5, 2018 Anthony, thank you for sharing this your creation. Like some have already said, don’t stop writing! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your poetry! Reply James A. Tweedie June 6, 2018 Anthony, Years ago, I wrote my Dad a Father’s Day letter thanking him for all the things he hadn’t been and hadn’t done. Sometimes it is the thing left undone that saves us! A good poem and, as C.B. points out, a great closing couplet. Reply David Watt June 6, 2018 Anthony, this is a terrific sonnet. You definitely should continue to write, as your talent is obvious. Reply David Hollywood June 7, 2018 Very well done. 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.