Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Embark” by Kaitlyn Frazier. A brief biography of the poet may be found here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2015/07/poem-of-day-all-way-out-here-by-kaitlyn.html.
When darkness wakes and breaks upon thy face,
Lie still; think not of life’s tepid wastes.
Instead, hold fast to Nature’s treasured grace,
Explore the grounds of Fancy, gain a taste.
For there are things that death cannot replace,
And oft regrets are what our thoughts retrace.
So, let us yield to what is dear, embrace;
Cast folly to the winds and cease to chase.
Gladness in and out is the gift of space,
Stray not from thine own solace.
In order to be happy, one must praise
The cloth fabricated from thine own lace.
Embark on life and love’s true mission, race
Onward and happ’ly to long-life’s last place.
Poet’s Notes: “Embark” was meant to be a “seize the day” type of piece, inspired in part by “To His Coy Mistress” but with a depressing or dark undercurrent. That said, people may interpret the poem anyway they wish, which is one of the reasons why I enjoy poetry so much--the ambiguity of it can lead readers to various outcomes or possibilities.
Editor’s Note: The first line contains a nice inner rhyme--a strong beginning to this lovely sonnet. I like the way the poet varies the rhythm throughout--consistently inconsistent instead of strict iambic pentameter (which would have been boring)--while keeping the rhyme scheme constant (Ax14).