"Melpomene" (Muse of Tragedy) by Edward Simmons‘Twisted Reckoning’ and Other Poetry by Theresa Rodriguez The Society June 20, 2020 Beauty, Poetry 8 Comments Twisted Reckoning If pain can produce beauty, and if beauty causes pain, then how can I be reconciled to more loss than I gain? If love is also longing, and if love is loss refined, how can I move ahead and mourn when love has been unkind? I look afar aback on life, I see in retrospect how vain were my attempts to love what love came to reject. I furtively sought on and on to find camaraderie, but come to this: I am alone with I, myself and me. But loneliness can transmorph pain and become one at last; I breathe in states of solitude like penance due my past. I learn of quiet and unrest, in paradox I stay; and thus endeavor to find out why life has been this way. And so I edge along ahead with one big questioning: why have I lost what others gain, this twisted reckoning??? Oh, When I Hear Oh, when I hear the plaintive, painful sound Of music played within a minor key, Or modal scales in doleful reverie, Suspensions and its dissonance abound. A juxtaposing light and dark around A center of discordant harmony Combined with the most weeping melody Is where a truth, so sacred, may be found. For it is in the ebbing resolution, When tensions ease and struggling is at rest, That one can find a consonant conclusion, And peace from pain residing in the breast. For suffering can be of benefit, If acquiescing, music’s made through it. Theresa Rodriguez is the author of Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs, a collection of 65 sonnets soon being released in a second edition by Shanti Arts, and her third book of poetry, entitled Longer Thoughts, which has just been released by Shanti Arts. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Religion and Intellectual Life, the Midwest Poetry Review, Leaf Magazine, Spindrift, the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry, Mezzo Cammin, The Epoch Times, and the Society of Classical Poets. Her website is www.bardsinger.com. NOTE: 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 email@example.com. 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. 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Standard quatrains rhyming xaxa are always a twisting together of unrhyme with rhyme, but here you’ve made that thematically and painfully explicit. The sonnet, with longer lines and each line rhyming with another, especially because its theme is music, suggests an approaching resolution as soon as it begins to speak of painful sound, thus echoing the pain in the first poem. I admire the unrhymed “unrest” of the sixth quatrain becoming “rest” in the sonnet and finding a rhyme companion word in the “breast” where peace from pain is finally residing. Lovely work! Reply Theresa Rodriguez June 20, 2020 Your appreciation means a great deal to me, Margaret, thank you for your kind comments! Reply Monty June 23, 2020 It’s hard to believe, Theresa, that it was only about a year ago that you submitted a poem to these pages flagrantly lacking in even the most basic of grammar. I forget the poem, but you may remember that I and another highlighted the shortfalls, after which you re-wrote it with perfect grammar . . since when you’ve never looked back. Every piece(s) you’ve submitted since (including the above) has been grammatically flawless. I must also say . . you’ve fast become the most honest poet here at the SCP. I’m not for a moment saying that others may write without honesty; but nobody is as willing to lay bare their soul in the way that you do. For me personally, poetry is never more authentic than when a poet completely and uninhibitedly lays their soul bare. Reply Theresa Rodriguez June 23, 2020 Thank you, Monty, for your kind comments. I am glad that the way I “bare my soul” resonates with you. That is extremely gratifying! You have helped renew my purpose afresh. 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. 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