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Poetry by Robert Stone, All evidence, a sonnet

All evidence of what once - a sonnet of hope By Robert Stone
The rains both slow and heavy washed away
all evidence of what once happened here
and only memories remain to stay
oblivion from claiming what was dear.

The reins both tight and loose in steady hands
safe pathway kept through danger and upset
and with thanksgiving gallantry expands
to calm the fears concerning future threat.

The reigns both short and long have shown sure need
of dedicated lives in freedom's realm
and day by day the vigilant pay heed --
neglected strong the weak can overwhelm.

The past unchangeable now grows obscure
and only faith sustains what will endure.

- Robert Stone, 7 July 2013
The next earlier Robert Stone Poem: Poetry by Robert Stone: Recurring stuff - a villanelle

This story was posted on 2013-07-07 09:49:38
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