"Woman Before the Rising Sun" by Caspar David Friedrich‘My Paola’s Love’ by Martin Rizley The Society May 15, 2021 Beauty, Love Poems, Poetry 5 Comments . My Paola’s love is constant as the sun That daily sheds its beams on hill and dale; No sooner set, it hastes again to run With steady pace, the same unswerving trail. When cold winds blow, the warmth of her embrace, Like sunlight, penetrates me to the core; Her sheltering rays create a hiding place Out of the rain, where I can bloom once more. On cloudy days, or in a clear blue sky, In every kind of weather, foul or fair, Unfailingly, she takes her place on high With quiet grace, her warmth and light to share. She goes away, I walk by moonlight then— In memory alone her image shines— But when her cheerful face appears again A new day dawns and gloomy night declines. Her streaming beams rush over me, and I, My face lit up with unconcealed glee, Imbued with glory like the morning sky, Reflect the radiant beauty that I see. . . Martin Rizley grew up in Oklahoma and in Texas, and has served in pastoral ministry both in the United States and in Europe. He is currently serving as the pastor of a small evangelical church in the city of Málaga on the southern coast of Spain, where he lives with his wife and daughter. Martin has enjoyed writing and reading poetry as a hobby since his early youth. 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) 5 Responses lionel willis May 15, 2021 This is a very good piece of wrtiting, Martin. I particularly admire how the all-embracing metaphor of sun and plant fits into so many other smaller metaphors. The meter steps along quite effortlessly too. Perhaps the rhymes clang a bit too loudly because of all the end-stopped lines. But I feel at home with this pattern in English as she used to be spoken, with almost every complete utterance fitting gracefully into a ten syllables, half of them roots that beg for emphasis. Let’s see more! Reply Ryan Watch May 15, 2021 I find this sonnet-like poem of yours to be wholesome and heart-warming Mr. Rizley! Just reading it reminds me of Shakespeare’s sonnet 130, whose theme of complimenting a loved one mirrors your own poem. This only proves that the best poems are born from the human desire to express our deepest and sincerest sentiments through the written word when the mouth fails to deliver them. This is probably why the works of the Romantic and Renaissance poets are beloved and venerated by literary scholars and ordinary readers alike, and another example such an expression can be found in your poem. Reply Julian D. Woodruff May 15, 2021 Mr. Rizley, It was a pleasure to read this poem. Like Mr. Willis, I noted the end-stopped lines (all masculine endings, too), but I love how gracefully & effortlessly they contain your thoughts. I was also impressed by the steady stream of long-A vowels (almost as if they were to represent “constant love”). More striking, still, is the way you use assonance and slant rhyme at the ends of lines to bind the 4trains to each other: trail-embrace, more-fair, sigh-shine etc. A quietly brilliant piece of work! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant May 16, 2021 Martin, in these turbulent and troubled times, you capture the golden essence of the loving side of life and all that it means. Your beautiful words have left me with a warm glow of hope and happiness – a great antidote to all the hate hurled about these days. Thank you. Reply Yael May 16, 2021 This is a very beautiful and enjoyable poem, thank you. It lifts my spirits to read such beautiful lines and ponder the wholesome subjects of love and nature. 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.