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                         for my grandmother


Her flowers, softly pressed against her palm,
have lost their quiet gift of sunlit breath
in lieu of gentle summer's song, this psalm
hushed now by looming mute of living death.
The owl's lonely mating cry rings out
against the fjord today, and still I find
her shorn cloth adorning my clouded route
home. Roughly textured skin of night confined
my skin; however, the small trestles built
from earth to hidden light behind the moon
guide me to her in sleep. Her petals lilt
toward my lap, hold me until the room
becomes a slowing top. They fall the way
she falls. The dark blends calmly into gray.
A sonnet to honor my grandmother.
G.D.W. (January 11, 1928 - August 4, 2012)
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Given 2013-04-08
The poet honors their grandmother in the calming form of a beautifully woven sonnet. Sonnet 4 is by ~jswebb ( Featured by Nichrysalis )
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IAstartov Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Great work, congrats!
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kweenasue Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I miss my grandmother now :( Thank you for such a wonderful piece.
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thecrazymagnet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   Writer
This is simply gorgeous. I love the way you played with flow.
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Writer
I'm very glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by and reading. :)
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thecrazymagnet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Writer
Anytime :)
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   General Artist
Such a lovely tribute. :love:
Congratulations on the well-deserved DD, dear soul. :huggle:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Thank you, friend. :)
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   General Artist
My pleasure! :heart:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Not a traditional sonnet in terms of sentence structure, but I love the way it flows. I especially like the lap/top half-rhyme in the last couple lines, and the shorn/adorning one, and the skin of night/hidden light one is my favorite. :huggle:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
I'm very glad you enjoyed the piece. :) Thank you for reading.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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Bleeding-Magic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Photographer
This is beyond beauty. :heart:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Thanks so much!
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littlemoonboots Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
this is beautiful. :heart:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Merci mille fois. <3
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scruffyruffIes Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Simply beautiful. I lost my grandmother just over a year ago and it was very hard, but this helps bring back some happy memories of her. Thank you for writing this and you very much deserve the DD!
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
I am very glad I could remind you of good times. Thank you for reading. :)
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scruffyruffIes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
You're welcome :)
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P-F-Finnan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Beautifully written.

Loss leaves a void but in turn fills you with happy memories.

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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Many thanks. I am happy you liked the piece.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Merci!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
De rien!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::blowkiss::iconflyingheartsplz:
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elecxra Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations on the absolutely beautiful Daily Deviation! ♥
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Thank you very much!
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Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so sweet of you to write this poem in honor of her.
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
It's sweet of you to take the time to read and comment. Thank you.
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Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so welcome~! ^.^
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
That. Is just beautiful!! Outstanding really!
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Thank you!
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Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I'm sorry to hear you have lost your Grandmother. This lovely poem is a great tribute to her, I'm sure she would be proud of you for writting it :hug:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Writer
Thank you so much!
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Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
You are very welcome!
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Bullcross Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is an English style sonnet? Or Italian ?
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Writer
This sonnet is in Shakespearean form. I do have some Spenserian- and Petrarchan-form sonnets as well.
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very gentle and touching!
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Writer
Thank you very much!
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lollirotcat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Writer
Congrats this is beautiful! :)
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Writer
Many thanks. :)
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lollirotcat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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vanmall Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :happybounce:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Writer
Thank you!
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vanmall Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :aww:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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jswebb Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Writer
You, too! Thank you!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure, thank you! :happybounce:
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Eefera Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This is a lovely tribute, my friend.
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