Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Poetry by Robert Stone. Sonnet: The almost loved

The almost loved
-a sonnet of lost chances
A better time might come but likely not
for what we need to hear we need hear now.
So burn the words of future goodness plot
for kindness done outweighs eternal vow.

A better place may wait but empty stay
for we will other be when we arrive.
So seize today the chance to joy to sway
for expectations strong let us survive.

A better life can be but with the darks
for visions pale most often fade to faint.
So do not hope in blinding welder's sparks
for only binding patterns less constraint.

We fool ourselves that we have gently shoved
to better help the ones we almost loved.

- Robert Stone, 24 July 2011
The next previous Robert Stone poem: A sonnet for my class of 1957

This story was posted on 2011-07-24 10:08:47
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.


Quick Links to Popular Features

Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on


Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270.403.0017

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.