A Beautiful Pain – by Richard Stephen

I’ve been suffering from a couple of long bouts with writer’s block. This latest bout has lasted just over a month. The previous bout was also about a month long and was broken by the production of a mere two poems. I’m sure many of you can relate to this frustration!

This stretch was broken by a poem inspired by a conversation with a dear friend. “A Beautiful Pain” is a personal rumination on a Shakespearean theme from Romeo and Juliet, in particular the famous lines “parting is such sweet sorrow”. I hope you will find it worthy of your time. Thanks for reading!

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

– Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2

A Beautiful Pain

To Romeo did Juliet eloquenly opine
of a sorrow I’d never claimed as mine
how good night brings such sorrow,
a void unfilled “till it be morrow”

Though I’d read so many times
the master poet’s poignant rhymes
and watched enacted this very scene
I’d not grasped what it truly means

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Micropoetry – 8/06/2012

sleepless hours of the early morn
from you being too long torn
out in the darkness where I find
you haunt the recesses of my mind



The Love We Make

The Love We Make
(for peanut)

my mind still spins,
my heart it aches
with the memory of
the love we make

hasten back to me
dear heart of mine
and bring the love
for which I pine

for a single day
is far too much
to go without
your loving touch



Beaten by Five Minutes by Rick Stephen

Beaten by five minutes
it’s the story of my life
who knew five short minutes
could cut so like a knife

You can miss so very much
when you’re late to start
in three hundred little seconds
you can lose your hopeful’s heart

In that brief space of time,
that handful of mere seconds
someone else can swoop in
and you could finish second!

Don’t hesitate, don’t think twice
don’t even take the chance
don’t hold back a tiny bit
when it comes to sweet romance

So in a race for a heart
don’t be the late beginner
being second’s same as last
there can only be one winner!

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Another Small Collection of Romantic Quatrains by Richard Stephen

A quatrain is simply a four-line verse with a rhyming scheme. A single quatrain may comprise a poem or any number of quatrains can be put together to form a quatrain poem. I was first exposed to these elegant little poems when reading the works of Robert Herrick. Herrick was an English clergyman and poet who was a master of the quatrain. It was his poems that encouraged me to try my hand at writing quatrains. Another Small Collection of Romantic Quatrains is another of my attempts at writing romantic quatrains. Enjoy!

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“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” – Pablo Neruda

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Do I Still Love You? by Richard Stephen

A poetic answer to a wife of many years to the question, do you still love me? A revision to my poem Do I Still Love You? on HubPages.

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Micropoetry – 3/20/2012

Your words tell me ‘no’
your eyes tell me ‘yes’
it’s unbearably cruel
to leave me to guess

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The Look – Sarah Teasdale

Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) was an American poet best known for her well-crafted lyrical poetry. Though many viewed her poetry as unsophisticated it was full of color and emotion. This simple poem, ‘The Look’ is an excellent example of her work. Sara, like a number of other poets suffered from depression and disillusionment and, sadly, took her own life in 1933.

The Look

Strephon kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

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Micropoetry 3/5/12

out of sight, out of mind
isn’t that what they say?
but that isn’t what I find
while missing you each day

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