Friday, August 15, 2014

Poet of the Month--Terry O’Leary

We May Meet Again

By Terry O’Leary

Beneath long lashes, misty clad,
    Your limpid eyes are sometimes sad;
        They bring to mind a homeless waif
            Engulfed in rain with nowhere safe

Most times I find a cheerful light
    Within your eyes that sparkles bright,
        And though my thoughts I try to hide
            My happiness wells up inside

At dawn I see your eyes aglow
    Like founts through which your passions flow;
        And when I’m low they always loom
            Like morning glories through the gloom

Your smile ashine beneath my gaze
     Effulgent eyes beam all ablaze:
        A look, a touch, a kiss I yearn,
            You slowly make my body burn

While at your side and in a heap
     I scanned your eyes, half closed, asleep,
        And as you slept with pillow clutched,
            Your eyelids with my lips I touched

And if you’ve ever wondered why
     I try to search within each eye,
        Though past is past, your eyes remind
            Of bygone times when love was kind

Yet, though your eyes still cast a spell
    They seem to bid a fond farewell,
        Reflecting but a fading storm
            Although I know your thoughts are warm

But now our paths will part, alas,
    For good things always come to pass;
        Perhaps it lies within God’s ken
            That someday we may meet again

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From the editor--It is a pleasure to announce that Terry O’Leary is August’s Poet of the Month.  He is a talented writer accomplished in a variety of forms.  Readers at Whispers enjoy his work.  Terry has been an encouraging voice in our community since 2013, regularly leaving thoughtful comments which others appreciate.  And if you are wondering, we are not related.  This award was truly earned!
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Thoughts on “We May Meet Again”--When Terry sent me this poem, I was immediately drawn to the stair casing format which enhances the artistic experience.  In poetry, details matter. The rhyme flows easily giving his poem a whimsical feel that works well for the subject matter.  The imagery helps the reader experience what Terry conveys.  It is evident that he has delivered a truly remarkable poem.  Maybe some day the two will meet again.
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Congratulations and thank you Terry!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.

Sincerely,

Karen O’Leary, Editor

38 comments:

  1. Terry what a lovely poem, well-written and oh so romantic. Who in the world in their right mind would want to leave such love and adoration. It is often that the heart's most poignant emotions, that should be spoken are left inside as hidden treasures not willing to be shared with a loved one for fear of ridicule or rejection. This poem shows your wonderful talent. Congratulations for being named poet of the month.
    A well deserved honor.
    Love, Charlene

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    1. Thank you, Charlene!

      Yes, sometimes those emotions are hidden inside... sometimes written in lines which are also hidden... well, this time, the whole Whispers World can have a peek... ;-))

      Terry

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  2. Dear Terry,

    Congratulations on being selected Poet of the Month! You're a wonderful writer and I'm so glad you received this honor.

    While reading your poem, I kept thinking about the little girl (Cosette) in Les Miserables. She was but a poor waif when Jean Valjean kept a promise to her mother and found her. Before Cosette entered his life, Valjean had little reason to go on, but with her at his side he never stopped smiling.

    Just like the girl/woman in your poem, he had to let her leave when she fell in love. It was very difficult for him, just as it was described in your beautiful poem. It's been said that sometimes love means letting go. Nonetheless, it's a sad experience.

    So glad you left the door open in case she wishes to return. You have a kind heart, Terry.

    Love,
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn!

      Yes, there are so many ways a love can be experienced, expressed, won or lost...

      I'm happy you enjoyed it... ;-))

      Terry

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  3. Terry,
    A lovely poem. You did a fine job on it. Kudos on being named Poet of the Month. (By the way, Karen. thanks for telling us the two of you are not related. I was beginning to wonder...)
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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    1. Thank you, David!

      Yes, I was surprised, flattered, happy to be named 'Poet of the Month'!!!
      Thanks for your support...

      Terry

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  4. Congratulations Terry on being named Poet of the Month on Whispers. Your poems have great flow and emotion along with poignant imagery. It is a pleasure to read your work. Bob

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Bob!
      I'm happy you enjoyed!!

      Terry

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  5. Thank you, Isha Wagner, for the following--

    A truly delightful poem with joy and sadness mixed and the perverse human condition woven so well into the rhyming words. Reading it again and again it becomes musical and could be sung more easily than spoken. This is fine verse.

    Yours sincerely,
    Isha Wagner

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    1. Thank you, Isha!

      I'm happy you enjoyed it...
      and that you read it 'again and again' brings me joy... ;-)))

      Terry

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  6. Terry,

    Uniquely creative work that has good rhythm, rhyme, and flow..I enjoyed reading it today..

    Sara

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Sara!

      I'm glad you enjoyed it... :-))

      Terry

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  7. Thank you, Arthur Ford, for the following--

    BRILLIANT POEM!!!!!!
    The 5th stanza, 4th line creates such obsequious depth; I'm not
    sure if that has ever been said before!!!!
    MORE!MORE!MORE!

    arthur c. ford,sr.,poet/editor
    www.thepoetbandcompany.yolasite.com

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  8. Thank you, Christina Jussaume, for the following--

    I went on to read this poem… and it was indeed lovely.

    God bless Christina

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    1. Thank you Christina... Much appreciated!
      Terry

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    2. Thank you Christina... Much appreciated!
      Terry

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  9. Thank you, David Austin, for the following--

    My congratulations to Terry.

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  10. Terry O'Leary, this honor makes me cheery
    For you in all the rhymes you do - though some may make one teary
    Congrats on being selected
    Like being so injected
    With happiness and joy, you see
    Blessings bestowed on we and thee!

    Your poem is lovely, too !
    No more to say and do - except A BIG, HEARTY, CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!

    Sheri / www.poetryandbeyond.net

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    1. Thank you, Sheri!

      "injected with happiness and joy'... wow... :-)))

      Terry

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  11. Terry, congratulations on being named the Poet of the Month at Whispers. What a special honor for a very deserving poet and writer. "We May Meet Again" is a testament of the heartfelt, passionate poetry we have become accustomed to from you. Great honor and great poem. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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    1. Thank you, Maurice!

      You are very kind!!

      Terry

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  12. Terry, each line touched me deeply in a wonderful way, even with the sadness. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful words with us. This has been a joy to read.

    Pam

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    1. Thank you, Pam!!

      It was a joy to write... :-)

      If I can touch someone 'deeply'... then I am deeply pleased...

      Terry

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  13. Congratulations Terry on being selected Poet of the Month! This is a lovely, romantic and touching poem. Love the flow and rhyme. Excellent work. The positive final verse looks ahead with hope. // paul

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  14. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    So glad to see you as Poet of the Month, my friend. Love this beautiful and beautifully flowing poem.

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    1. Thank you, Jack...You are always so kind!!!

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    2. Thank you, Jack...You are always so kind!!!

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  15. hi terry your amazing I would love to know where you are from

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    1. Thank you... I was bought up in Hollywood, Calif.

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    2. Thank you... I was bought up in Hollywood, Calif.

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