Casting The Burden
Casting the Burden consists of four stanzas each of eight lines rhymed GH.
The protagonist has evidently suffered a bout of depression but has now regained control over
him- or herself sufficient to summon the strength to dismiss the burden it has placed over
He notes the cycle of renewal within nature and regrets that the despair still clinging to
him has not yet left. He takes command once more and, like an angry landlord, orders the
burden to depart with all its baggage that has weighed so heavily upon him. Having emerged
from the exhaustion of bearing the weight, he declares himself now fit to lead a happy
life and concludes with a decisive dismissal of a one-time friend who has outstayed his
A man in the depths of despair welcomes a night of rest but quickly descends into misgivings
at the thought that he will be granted only torment and that he may not see another day. All
the delights of the world will be denied to him and he will, soon, pass into the grave. He
wonders why he must continue to suffer when the future appears so bleak; but concludes
that he is indifferent to his fate. He neither wishes for the end nor for an extension
to life; but is able to conclude with some hope that the darkness may finally be lifted.
Format is five stanzas of between thirteen and twenty lines each the length of which reflects
the turmoil of his mind. The poem is irregularly rhymed.
Goodbye to Winter
Goodbye to Winter is a short lyrical poem written, unusually for me, in quatrains rhymed BD.
It anticipates the coming of spring after too long a time in thrall to winter's blast. The
day will succeed the night, the cold will dissipate and nature will be transformed from
dormancy into lasting optimism born of warmth and flowers.
A man (or woman) gazes sadly into a mirror to review his features which he regards with
regret at the passing of time reflected from the glass. He is, however, consoled by the
message he receives that life will still have its delights if he is receptive to its
Format is four stanzas rhymed DG but the last rhymed AE, BF, CG and DH.
Last Appeal is not rhymed. It consists of seven stanzas starting and ending as eight line
verse with intermediate verses of eleven lines.
It is a heartfelt plea by a man to his beloved to reconsider her rejection of his proposal of
marriage. He is distraught that neither party will have descendants and adduces several
reasons for her reconsideration. She will be unaware of the passage of time until it is
too late after which she will be doomed to end her days in obscurity. But she needs only
to say the word and he will readily embrace her again.
My Absent Muse
My Absent Muse consists of four stanzas each of seven lines rhymed EG.
Contrary to my having lost my muse at the time I wrote it, this poem sprang almost fully
formed into my head (but from where, I know not). It was written merely as a heartfelt
appeal by a lover to the gods for return of his belovèd who, like Eurydice, has too soon
been taken from him and left him bereft of inspiration. I hope that the style and appeal
of the poem will be judged by readers to indicate that the protagonist has at least a
remnant of his former ability; and, in all probability, will lead the gods to reconsider
their retention of his belovèd.
Will You Return?
Will You Return consists of five stanzas each of eleven lines and is not rhymed.
Two lovers have been separated as autumn and winter approach, which not only signifies
privation but also serves as a metaphor for separation. The protagonist bewails his fate and
the long wait until his lover's return which he, in her absence, urges her to confirm. He
rejoices in the prospect of the renewal of their love in the spring and enumerates all the
wonders of the new season that they will experience when they are together again.
He reverts to reality, however, concluding that he must await events and, in the depths of
his melancholy, even envisages the thought that she will not return, whereupon, all comfort
will be lost.
Yearning For The Past
Reaching the Harbour consists of nine stanzas each of six lines and is not rhymed.
The poem tells of a sailing boat approaching the harbour at night through difficult seas. It relies
on rhythm to convey the action wherein the boat is driving across wild seas but is able to make the
harbour and rest in safety at the quay.
But there may an alternative interpretation.
Thoughts of Mortality
Thoughts of Mortality consists of nine stanzas each of ten lines except the first which is of
nine lines. It is only sparsely rhymed.
My debt to Wordsworth may be here discerned in the subject matter if not in the prose.
Having evidently experienced the loss of a close friend, the protagonist reflects for the
first time on the fragility of life wondering whether he may also soon feel the hand of
fate. He dismisses the foolish arrogance of man in considering himself and his works
immortal and bemoans man's inability to achieve worthy objectives.
He is almost prepared to surrender his will to live long; and he philosophically greets the
notion of dying as merely a transition to a further life and renewal of old contacts. But
then, reason prevails and he rejects his sad solemnity in favour of his former vigour and,
in a Wordsworthian allusion, shakes off the sentimentality into which his former sadness
has drawn him.