Painting by Luke Fildes ‘Tonight I Sail the Dreamy Sea’ and Other Love Poems by Roy E. Peterson The Society February 14, 2022 Beauty, Love Poems, Poetry 12 Comments . Tonight I Sail the Dreamy Sea Tonight I sail the dreamy sea Where we can find tranquility. The sails are set. The sea remote. Just you and I within the boat. I’ll sail to you and pick you up; Then we can dine and we can sup. A picnic lunch within a dream While sailing on the silver stream. A kiss to start our trip of leisure Leading us to greater pleasure. Temperature from hot to mild. Imagination running wild. We wish the night would never end, But there are those who still depend Upon our presence in the day; So on our sea we cannot stay. Another night we can return And in the boat our candles burn Until the morning sun shines in, When we return to earth again. . . I Am the Keeper of Memories I am the Keeper of Memories In a scrapbook in my mind, The senses there are quickened With snapshots I can find Detailing in a second, Everyone I knew. While flashing through the pages, I always think of you. A rose within my garden Can never smell as sweet, As memories I garnered And stored within my “Keep.” You are forever present, And but a thought away. I wish that I could tell you My memories someday. The time will come I’m certain When memories left are few Within the vaulted ceilings, The etchings fade from view. The time has come to write them So memories pass along Retaining all their figures With colors bold and strong. Out there beyond the sunset, When my days are done, I still will keep your memory Somewhere beyond the sun. You may feel my presence In the breeze or by the trees, And then you may remember, I’m the Keeper of Memories. . . LTC Roy E. Peterson is a writer, retired U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Officer, and Foreign Commercial Officer who currently resides in Texas. 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 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. 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) 12 Responses Brian Yapko February 14, 2022 These are both quite beautiful, Roy. I especially enjoyed the Keeper of Memories, which has many honest, bittersweet moments to savor. Happy Valentine’s Day. Reply Roy E. Peterson February 14, 2022 I am feeling blessed by your wonderful comments, Brian. Happy Valentine’s Day to you in return. Reply Jeff Eardley February 14, 2022 Roy, I love, and can identify with both these. I think it a privilege to share our poetic offerings with some of the finest writers on the planet on this special day. Best wishes to you my friend and happy Valentines. Reply Roy E. Peterson February 14, 2022 You are so right about this great forum to share our poetic offerings. I greatly appreciate such awesome comments, especially your identification with what I wrote. Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend! Reply Margaret Coats February 14, 2022 Roy, you create an interesting mystic effect in “Tonight I Sail.” The poem seems to waver in and out of dreams, but with the pleasing reality images so well-defined I’ll call them prismatic. “Keeper of Memories” deals with a favorite topic of mine, the presence of everything that’s ever entered our senses as present somewhere in memory, because memory is a power of the soul. We don’t have total recall, and much is suppressed in the enormous volume of experience that we can’t sort out. And the failure of the physical organ of the brain leads to apparent memory loss, as you speak of in the third stanza, advising us to write of memories. I certainly agree with your perspective in the last stanza; with the locus of memory in the soul, nothing is missing as long as the soul exists. Good contributions for Saint Valentine’s Day! Reply Roy E. Peterson February 14, 2022 I really love you defining the images as “prismatic.” Wonderful concept. Your identification of “the presence of everything that’s ever entered our senses as present somewhere in memory” fits my own thoughts about the soul. I have been fortunate to be blessed with a memory even at my age that recalls sights in color and sounds (including subjects of conversation) back to the age of 2 years old. Thank you for your kind thoughts and amplification! Reply Adam Wasem February 14, 2022 Can’t get much more dreamy than “Tonight I sail.” It could be a lullaby for adults. Reply Roy E. Peterson February 14, 2022 I appreciate your perspective and thoughts, Adam. Reply Yael February 15, 2022 Both poems sound like beautiful head trip captures in time, conveying a loving and slightly melancholy yet relaxed attitude on the part of the speaker, who seems to be enjoying himself in his own inner surroundings. Definitely not your average love poems! Reply Roy E. Peterson February 16, 2022 Wonderful comments, Yael, that are discerning of how I feel sometimes when I write a poem! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant February 20, 2022 Roy, these two beautiful poems have lifted this reader beyond the words and into heavenly realms that speak of that all-consuming love that envelops those who are blessed with this gift with the priceless treasures earthly riches cannot buy. I love the first for its tangible sensuality. I love the second for the marvels the mind offers… I particularly like; ” You are forever present, / And but a thought away.” In these days of separation from those we hold dear, those perfect lines say everything. Thank you. Reply Norma Pain March 1, 2022 I really enjoyed these two beautiful love poems Roy. They are a balm to our anxious lives and transport us to peaceful places on our only home, the earth. Thank you. 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.