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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas


advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites


ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death


et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,


Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh


Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,


nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors


tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites


accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.


atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.



Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Icon

I'm sitting here
in deep thought
with my PC as usual
to connect surreally
during these moments of solitude
when my heart with pleasure
clings to memories the Icon brings




The picture
my Icon
and memories' store
those faded eyes revealed
where love once shone
his heart no longer beats
my love boxed in a hole silent and cold
the body of a man once strong
is dead

Gone like the wind
no bond no wed

What is it
in the Icon
I to you now reveal
This man I met
when so very young
did share his love sooooooooo
unselfishly

Is now a torch glowing
and shines brightly
in the dark
in a quiet park
a sacred recess

His friendship
and respect
he gladly dished out

Responded to the many souls in distress
while ignoring self-serving guys
with spiteful minds
glutting on fishcakes and bakes
seasoned with peppercorns
in a bowl of popping corn
that exploded
in the heated air of morning mist

Hail I
my hero
once clad in uniform
whistle and cane
in service for his country and kin
a man of modest estate
had a kind and goodly heart

I shall always remember
this man in casket drapped with Trident
an honorable man
resting in that sacred Holetown grave
on Sunset Crest ridge east

He was tall
handsome
witty
and brave

Yes I do remember
my Icon

© Paterika Hengreaves

6 comments:

Marja said...

Just come to say hello and read your poetry. What a sad and touching words and a beautiful tribute to a special person.

PATERIKA HENGREAVES, Poet Laureate said...

Kia ora Marja

It is always a pleasure when you visit. Thank you very much for reading my poetry.

Cheers
Paterika

Bob McKerrow said...

Kia Ora Paterika

What a powerful poem. The emotions and tide of memories almost knocked me over. I will need to read it many times to get the full meaning, but then, maybe I never will, as context and meaning change with your mood.

Thanks for sharing it.

Bob

PATERIKA HENGREAVES, Poet Laureate said...

Kia Ora Bob

Yes, this poem has many layers to it. Whichever layer filters your mind you cannot be wrong. As a matter of fact, politics; yearning for what has been; a tribute, remembrance; accepting what life is presently offering; recognizing cruelty; injustice in the world, and at the same time, the powerful influence of the PC (personal computer and the police).

Poetry should allow one to think outside the box and to appreciate the artistic style and imagery it evokes as the mind searches its contents for congruity.

Thank you very much for reading this poem.

Cheers
Paterika

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Paterika,
I, like Bob, return here often to read and reread poems, and always find something new to ponder. Thank you for allowing us the space to do that.
I have just returned from the Ruahines after 5 days alone amongst them and wild weather. Thanks for stopping by my place and I will be putting some words and photos up soon. I wrote a few poems while sitting on a hut porch while a flooded river raged by and the rain fell. I thought of you and your inspiration. Kia ora Paterika.
Aroha,
Robb

Bob McKerrow said...

Paterika = Kia Ora !

Your poetry inspires wanderers and dreamers like Robb and I, and we encourage you to keep those inpirational gems coming.

I prefer dreams to memories, but both are necessary. For without history, our dreams lack context.

Warm regards

Bob

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