"Her Eyes Are With Her Thoughts and They Are Far Away" by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema‘A Life Well Lived’ and Other Poetry by Caroline Bardwell The Society September 7, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 4 Comments A Life Well Lived a rondeau A life well-lived begins and ends surrounded by the love of friends. The air breathed in and out each lung are signals that songs should be sung, for life’s a blessing God intends A person who can make amends, his honor and his name defends, so that his hat can there be hung – a life well-lived. Who strives to save more than he spends and if he can he freely lends, who learns his lessons while he’s young and knows when he should bite his tongue; with wisdom and with care he tends a life well-lived. Porch Swing I sit here swinging in the breeze the sun, his light upon my face, endeavoring to find the ease with which to start the daily race. I ponder on this porch my plans and wonder whether I should stay a few more moments holding hands with daughters that just want to play. As birds chirp brightly at first light they make me want to find my song and start to exercise my right to take the time that comes along. And make it count, to clear my head, to live my life, before I’m dead. Caroline Bardwell is a resident and native of upstate New York. She is a professional geologist, a mother, a woman of faith and a lover of music, art, literature and nature. She has a great appreciation for the structural guidelines and musicality of formal verse. 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) 4 Responses Amy Foreman September 7, 2018 These poems were simple, sweet, and lovely, the perfect start to a cool fall morning! Thank you, Caroline, for sharing them with us! Reply Caroline Bardwell September 7, 2018 Thanks Amy!! Reply Steve September 9, 2018 I especially enjoyed “Porch Swing” as I have just such a porch & swing that looks out over a beautiful valley of farms and woods. Reply Caroline Bardwell September 9, 2018 Thanks, Steve! I wrote that while visiting family in rural Tennessee. 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.