B (12/22/94 / Grant hospital Columbus Ohio)

The Golden Journey To Samarkand

I
We who with songs beguile your pilgrimage
And swear that Beauty lives though lilies die,
We Poets of the proud old lineage
Who sing to find your hearts, we know not why, -

What shall we tell you? Tales, marvellous tales
Of ships and stars and isles where good men rest,
Where nevermore the rose of sunset pales,
And winds and shadows fall towards the West:

And there the world's first huge white-bearded kings
In dim glades sleeping, murmur in their sleep,
And closer round their breasts the ivy clings,
Cutting its pathway slow and red and deep.

II
And how beguile you? Death has no repose
Warmer and deeper than the Orient sand
Which hides the beauty and bright faith of those
Who make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.

And now they wait and whiten peaceably,
Those conquerors, those poets, those so fair:
They know time comes, not only you and I,
But the whole world shall whiten, here or there;

When those long caravans that cross the plain
With dauntless feet and sound of silver bells
Put forth no more for glory or for gain,
Take no more solace from the palm-girt wells.

When the great markets by the sea shut fast
All that calm Sunday that goes on and on:
When even lovers find their peace at last,
And Earth is but a star, that once had shone.

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Comments (7)

its diffidently full of emotion and real emotion too very good write
this poem is specail, yes. the emotions are tru.. with you tellignme i coudl see it was written form the heart. very good. all the best to you popz and family.
Excellent! , Emotive words and this exciting up tempo from the dark context narrative.Also id like to add, i think your very good for your age=) .x
A perfect narration, keeps the reader glued to it. It displays great poetic skill with perfect rhythm and flow. It never loses its human touch. I hope your father is back to normal. Thanks for sharing. CP
Hi Brandie, It is a great poem if you could make it more concise. Loose the repetition of the same points that you've furnished in different words and add specifics... dramatic theme that keeps you reading to the end... Deva
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