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a fall from fancy
by Jon Michael Willey

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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 a fall from fancy
 
no light offered guidance
chill was the night’s raven coat
isolation was its somber refrain
on the boulevard of ambitions
 
support darted into the alleys
collars were turned to disguise
against embarrassment’s sighting
shadows clung fiercely to walls
 
when time knew no glory
I retreated to locked doors
as scrutiny sought leverage
and friends were found only in gin
 
sleep harbored more anguish
to the screech owl I turned
for the favor of an attentive ear
no matter his eyes were closed
 
 
 
 
 
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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/18/2012
Your words are soul-reaching and awaken thoughts and emotions, my friend. I can relate as I have experienced (and I am sure many others have as well) such things. Thank you, Jon. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 1/14/2012
There are those times no one seems to listen, captured perfectly in your poem Jon.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/10/2012
How did I miss this gem?
this is wonderful enigmatic writing, Jon

Walt
Reviewed by A PAX 1/5/2012
This speaks to me of isolation, in mass....individual issues, everyone in their own head, and the owl...always there, symbol of wisdom, yet remote...
so interesting





anita
Reviewed by JMS Bell 12/7/2011
AT LEAST ONCE IN EVERY LIFE TIME...ONE IS MADE TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT 'REALITY' AND IT'S NOT ALWAYS A PRETTY PICTURE. IN FACT, IT CAN BE DOWN RIGHT DEPRESSING AND SO IT IS IN TIMES LIKE THESE IT CAN 'SEEM' AS IF NO ONE UNDERSTANDS, BUT THANK GOD...WE DO COME TO KNOW BETTER. WELL DONE AND ENJOYED. THANKS FOR SHARING...LOVE, BLESSING & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Paul Judges 12/7/2011
Excellent poem, Jon, well done.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/6/2011
Jon you set the mood, the ending "no matter his eyes were closed" gives much to ponder in this gem of a poem.
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/5/2011
no light offered guidance
chill was the night’s raven coat

... I love the rapt intensity of the whole poem, Jon, which leaves me aching with a kind of desperation as of the soul of one who seeks understanding and grace - perhaps even forgiveness. Just my personal take on first reading, but the image of the attentive ears of the owl whilst keeping his eyes closed, makes me think of the privacy and soul-purging of confession somehow. A great need of unburdening in this poem, I think. Then again, I could, as always, be so wrong...!! Very stirring work and emotive atmosphere. xx
Reviewed by Janna Hill 12/2/2011
Delightfully diturbing this tale of descent and with your wonderful metaphors. I find myself on the boulevard of ambitions waiting for the light. Well done Jon.
:) janna

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 12/2/2011
'chill was the night's raven coat'....'shadows clung fiercely to walls when time knew no glory'---- I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by jude forese 12/1/2011
a sleeping owl tells no lies and offers better companionship then friends found in gin .... powerful imagery !
Reviewed by Andy Turner 12/1/2011
Simply superb! Friends found in the mocking bottle of vacant promises, and a non attentive owl.
Such power with the word pictures in this metaphorical, ironic, allegory!
Reviewed by John Flanagan 11/30/2011
There are many ways of expressing isolation
and marginalisation, of coming down to earth
with a bang and most of them are long and preachy
so it is with particular pleasure. serious pleasure,
Jon, My Friend, i read this and savour the well-chosen
images and the superior succinct expression;

'shadows clung fiercely to walls'
i'm rolling this one over in my head
- it has such impact - and envying it's not mine.
A fine fine poem.

John
Reviewed by Axilea MU 11/30/2011
Familiar feelings, imagery that speaks to me in many ways, both tangible and metaphysical. An attentive ear is needed but only if it is linked to an attentive heart... Thank you.

Axilea
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/30/2011
Speaks of so many these days. Once high on the hog, but now, down and out. You have a way of writing feelings that is in direct, yet so emotional that it cuts through the clever disguise of poetry.

Ron
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 11/30/2011
A gifted tongue you have, so much insight in such language, a Jungian perspective is it? Blessings!~
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 11/30/2011
Jon,

The way you make words sing, it's absolutely beautiful!

Mary
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 11/30/2011
What a gift You have
* Jon * of
sharing your insight through
the magic of your poetry!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 11/30/2011
This is marvelous, Jon!
I love how at the end you turn to the living earth and you leave us with the image of the speaker just floating along listening...to one of the most magical middle-of -the-night creatures ever.
Blessings,
Christine



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