Photo by Lukas Schlagenhauf‘In The Know’ by David Watt The Society June 19, 2019 Beauty, Poetry 14 Comments It’s easy to look without seeing The beauty of life all around; When moments arisen to being Deserve to stir feelings profound. To all of God’s work lies a reason, And all we ought do is agree That ours is a duty to ease in To our heart those wonders we see. So next time the day fades to shadow, As night-time by increment grows, Take notice of stars newly sparkling; How sunlight reluctantly goes; Birds hurrying home through skies darkling — All gifts free to those ‘in the know.’ David Watt is a writer from Canberra, the “Bush Capital” of Australia. He has contributed regularly to Collections of Poetry and Prose by Robin Barratt. When not working for IP (Intellectual Property) Australia, he finds time to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of traditional rhyming poetry. 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 14 Responses Paul June 19, 2019 Well done. Reply David Watt June 20, 2019 Thank you Paul. Reply Dan Blackston June 19, 2019 Nice! Reply David Watt June 20, 2019 Thanks Dan, I’m pleased you liked this piece. Reply Joseph S. Salemi June 19, 2019 A point to note: this poet does something very professional in that his first two quatrains (in an ABAB rhyme scheme) deliberately alternate in masculine-feminine closure. Also, he rhymes “reason” with “ease in” in the second quatrain. The ability to make a rhyme of one word and two separate words is a skill that is uncommon, and which all of us should practice more. Reply David Watt June 20, 2019 Thanks Joe, for pointing out the alternate masculine-feminine closures, and also the “reason” with “ease in” rhyme pairing. Deciding on the closure choices necessitated some revision. Therefore, I am pleased you noticed the end result. As for the rhyme pairing – I also view it as a complete rhyme, although pairing one word against two. Reply Joe Tessitore June 19, 2019 It is indeed an uncommon skill and one that we would all do well to take note of, but “reason/ease in” is more a near miss than it is an actual rhyme. Reply C.B. Anderson June 19, 2019 Joe T., I take the falling (i.e. unaccented) part of the rhyme as a schwa in each case, so it’s not really a “near miss” unless you speak a very stilted version of English Reply Joe Tessitore June 20, 2019 It broke the flow for me as I read it. When I got to “ease in” I had to stop and look back to see what it rhymed with. I mentioned it only in the spirit of finely chiseled poetry and I mentioned it as gently as I could. It has nothing to do with the way I speak. Paul June 20, 2019 For me, rhyming “season” with “ease in” – is brilliant. It’s not quite, but almost, an off-rhyme – and is far more interesting than a straight rhyme. Reply C.B. Anderson June 20, 2019 It’s brilliant, and I’m not teasin’. I works in almost every season, A model of both rhyme and reason, And not the slightest bit displeasin’. Reply David Watt June 21, 2019 Thanks Paul and C.B. for your appreciation of this rhyme pair. The coupling is a little different, as Joe T. rightly points out. However, I believe it works, and has certainly created a talking point. Stephen Hagerman June 22, 2019 I want to take a moment to admire your effort. This is a lovely sonnet and it is the self-confident poet that can take a form and make it his own. I can parse the rhyme and scan for rhythm; and spy some glitch the artist missed. I prefer to grasp the message, and know the mind’s intended wish. In Poe’s “The Raven” he takes an old English ballad form, and doubles-up the lines. In Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha” He uses trochaic tetrameter instead of iambic pentameter in his blank verse, and I hardly need mention Frost’s “Birches” where he looks more to the sonics of speech, rather than conforming to our conventional understanding of his chosen form. These are artists in the true sense and deserve their place in history. Yours is a simple poem that admires God’s mysteries and I enjoyed the reading. Reply David Watt June 23, 2019 Thank you Stephen for your thoughtful response. I am glad you found the reading enjoyable, and above all, that the intended message came through. 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.