Many years ago (I’ll tell, but only if you’re brave enough to ask) I wrote this poem. I’ve actually posted it before, a little over a year ago, but I wanted it next to my most recent sonnet. I think they make an interesting pair. I’m not sure if my current self is much handier with a sonnet than my twenty-year-old self, but I’ve a fondness for this sonnet that makes it difficult to revise. (Anyone else have that trouble?) Read and enjoy. I welcome your critiques.
Upon Turning Twenty
Where is the one who loved without preference,
whose tender laugh chimed sweet like golden bells?
Where has the child gone, bright-eyed Innocence,
whose smile, so pure, the darkest clouds dispels?
For hate and sorrow overcast my sight,
and bitter knowledge grieves my waning heart:
Death’s shadows wax without my seraph light,
and in black silence you and I must part.
Truth speak, once open-hearted friend, and say,
is it my fault this child, the best of guides,
has vanished while I blindly go astray?
Is it from me my own Innocence hides?
Say those pure tones will sound my muffled soul
and an unerring love will light my vision whole.
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