Michael Edwards






In fortitude of resolution

uninclined to remonstrate

he spoke with warm alacrity

and pandered to her simple pride.


The cession of her heart to him

obtained in new ascendancy

dictated preference to past scorn

no more of any consequence


Like falling stones in vacant voids

where ghosts of miners wander still

her doubts fell into naked space

abandoned now by new resolve.


Contingencies of moment called

rejecting all past semblences

as hand in hand and undisturbed

they scorned misfortunes path.



  • Goldfinch60

    Beautiful write Michael, such power within it. Going forward despite past past misfortunes is the way I read it.
    This is the way life should be look ahead to the positive.

    Good artwork as well - which town is this one.

  • Michael Edwards

    Thanks Andy - it's the Square in Market Harborough - always painting the town as pictures of it prove so popular.

    • Goldfinch60

      I am not surprised, it looks like great place, somewhere else to go on my never ending list of places to visit.

    • orchidee

      Good write and pic Michael. I've resolved to get the dictionary out with this lot!

      • Michael Edwards

        Can you let me know the translations please - still scratching my head.

      • Mottakeenur Rehman

        Well read!

      • Louis Gibbs

        A watercolor of uncommon beauty ... a poem of uncommon verbiage. Enjoyed them both, Michael!

      • myself and me

        It seems all the hotels have booked for the season, the couple still wondering around in the town. Try to think of what kind of misfortunes path did they through.

        • Michael Edwards

          It's the same couple and the best hotel in town is usually booked solid over the Christmas period. Let's just hope they don't get short tempered and open old wounds. Thanks m&m.

        • Fay Slimm

          A splendidly presented tale of misfortune and how hand in hand two lovers can scorn its ways - - great clarity in the artwork too. Many thanks MIchael for sharing your talent each day .

          • Michael Edwards

            Thank you Fay - such praise from such a great poet is really treasured

          • MendedFences27

            Well, he finally won her heart, and putting all the troubles of the past behind them, they set off "hand in hand" to face the future together. That's what I saw in this presentation of periphrastic poetry. In other words, I liked your poem . Terrific artwork too. - Phil A.

            • Michael Edwards

              Yes a slightly pretentious use of the language - thanks Phil for your kind words.

            • FredPeyer

              Beautiful writing, Michael.
              'her doubts fell into naked space'
              Great choice of words.

              • Michael Edwards

                Naked space - a bit of a tautology but I think it conveys the idea well. Thanks Fred.

                • FredPeyer

                  I don't know, Michael. If you look at some people's overstuffed living room spaces, I would call that 'dressed up'. So a space is not necessarily 'naked'!

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                • ron parrish aka wordman

                  profound write my friend,loved the images

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