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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: So You Will Know
By Henry Clemmons
03/15/11


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If I never bleed another poem
Or dip my quill deep into my vein
If you never hear my unrhyming soul
Plead with uneven pulse
Your praise
In rhythmic form
Anymore
You will still know
I pray
I love you

Forever

If my gift for tickling your heart with free-verse whisper
Ever loses its breath
And has to rest on clouds instead
In seas of blue
Beyond reaching fingers
Yet
You will still know
I pray
I love you

Forever

If my warmth ever leaves our home
My love will fill your hearth
And be your comfort from the cold
When warmth seems so far away
So very
Far away
I pray
You will still know
My heart’s echo will always claim
And never wane
Or fade
Its ballad
Of love
For you

Forever

In every breeze
Through every tree
If you listen
To the leaves

On every beach
With every wave
If you listen
When they break

In every night
From every star
If you listen
It won’t be far

You will hear
I pray
I love you

Forever

If I never bleed another poem
Or dip my quill deep inside my soul
Just to expose
How I feel
I pen this prose
So you will know
I do
I so very do
And will

Forever

I love you


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Benjamin Graber03/17/11
Beautiful poem!
Beth LaBuff 03/17/11
Your poet's soul touched me deeply with this haunting and poignant message to your loved one. Your opening lines "If I never bleed another poem -- Or dip my quill deep into my vein…" demonstrate (once again) your mastery! I'm in awe!

Michael Throne03/18/11
Beautiful poem. I love your phrasings – the change from vein to soul was inspired. I also appreciate the imagery of writing; it really doesn’t just happen like some kind of fortunate magic. The rhythms worked very well, almost like a song. Good job!
Sarah Elisabeth 03/18/11
The opening lines were some of the best I've read in poetry. Beautiful work.
Charla Diehl 03/18/11
What a romantically stirring poem--absolutely wonderfully penned. I was going to pick a favorite verse, but it turns out each one is my favorite. Great work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/18/11
I felt like you were talking just to me and I felt so special and had tears in my eyes. Thank you,
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/19/11
Oh yes! I love this--poetry the way it's supposed to be.
You write it wonderfully!
Rachel Phelps03/19/11
So real and intimate I found myself holding my breath. Thank you, Henry, for being one of the first poets who consistently draws me into your work. You have a rare gift.
Mona Purvis03/20/11
Your poetry transends time and seems to be rooted in another day and age when each word carried so much meaning.
Another very special piece that I enjoyed immensely.
Kate Oliver Webb03/21/11
I don't know how you do it! But if I knew that secret, I could do it too--but I'm certain I would never do it this well, even so....
Awe-inspiring, totally moving, with a precious personal message for everyone who is fortunate enough to read it. Thank you.
Amanda Brogan03/23/11
Wow! So lovely and subtly romantic ... okay, very, most truly romantic! It shows the essence of true love which lasts forever.

I also admired the ingenious way you described poetry "flowing from your veins." I think that all writers can identify with this. The way our writings become a part of us, part of our lifesblood, because they bubble up from our soul.

Brilliantly done, as usual!
Eliza Evans 03/23/11
Ouch!! I felt it!!
I am so glad I read this incredibly beautiful and searing poem/tribute.
Thank you for sharing, Henry.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/24/11
Congratulations for placing 9th in your level and 15th overall!