"The Expulsion of Adam and Eve" by Benjamin West‘Disappointment’ and Other Poetry by C.B. Anderson The Society June 23, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 9 Comments Disappointment The waiting’s not the hardest part: Much worse is when you finally know That what you craved with all your heart ____Will not arrive. Infatuations come and go, Bad luck upsets your apple cart, The gentle rains no boon bestow, ____But you survive. Soul Mate an alexandroid My thoughts of you shall last until ____my bones are laid To rest on yonder verdant hill, ____above a glade Where somber weeping willow trees ____have set the stage. Aloft on heaven’s billowed seas, ____beyond old age, I’ll think of you again, to dream ____about the times We lingered near a chuckling stream ____and traded rhymes. Through Thick and Thin Like moths to flame, like leaves that seek the light, Old lovers might be drawn to fervent quarrels. If one’s to blame, yet fails to make things right, It’s only from a fleeting lapse of morals. There is no shame in giving up a fight If all the claims and counterclaims seem equal, And when a name is whispered in the night Endearments thus expressed beget a sequel. The will to frame discussions free from spite Grows weaker as the bickering continues, But Sir and Dame both know the chance is slight That either one would thrive in other venues. C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Australia and India. His collection, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder was published in 2013 by White Violet Press. 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) 9 Responses Paul June 23, 2019 These are absolutely beautiful, CB Anderson. Well-crafted, in perfect & interesting cadences & meter, and with interesting rhymes. Lingual & linguistic music – as good as it gets. Reply Damian Robin June 24, 2019 As Paul says above, the poetic skill is very good. So soft, smooth, and compelling in their nostalgia and endurance. Thanks, CB. A ‘chuckling stream’ is a vibrant touch. The acceptance and resignation, particularly of the last one, give awkward honesty. Reply David Watt June 24, 2019 I take particular note of the enjambment between stanzas in your “Soul Mate” Alexandroid. This piece is my favorite of the three, because of the sentiment expressed, and the attractiveness of the form. “Through Thick and Thin” makes a strong case for compromise, and ‘going the extra mile’ in a relationship. The following couplet exemplifies this sage advice: “And when a name is whispered in the night Endearments thus expressed beget a sequel.” Reply Monty June 24, 2019 Nothing less than masterful. Reply C.B. Anderson June 24, 2019 I’m glad you liked them, guys. I’d hate to disappoint. And, Monty, you will surely have noticed that, in the third poem, (aside from the regular double rhymes in the A-lines) that the B-lines are regularly off-rhymed, except in the second stanza, where I could not come up with a plausible off-rhyme for “equal.” Reply Monty July 17, 2019 Regarding the third piece, CB: I don’t understand what you’re saying. To me, the only off-rhymes are “continue/venue”. All the others seem to be bona fide rhymes, especially “equal/sequel”. Is that not a perfect rhyme? Reply Peter Hartley June 28, 2019 CBA – I liked these three little offerings very much, especially the first with the staccato effect created by the dimeter of its fourth lines, something I feel a natural poet might do almost without thinking; and the prosodic complexity of the third poem doesn’t shout aloud its presence, but is clever nonetheless. Reply C.B. Anderson June 28, 2019 Peter, poems like this — little nonce forms — are one of a kind. I don’t imagine you’ll see anything from me like the first and third ever again, except by complete accident. Reply Monty July 17, 2019 . 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.