Stephen Evans

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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds and A Transcendental Journey.

How far, Since Then

Ultima Thule

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

With favoring winds, o'er sunlit seas, 

We sailed for the Hesperides, 

The land where golden apples grow; 

But that, ah! that was long ago. 

 

How far, since then, the ocean streams 

Have swept us from that land of dreams, 

That land of fiction and of truth, 

The lost Atlantis of our youth! 

 

Whither, ah, whither? Are not these 

The tempest-haunted Orcades, 

Where sea-gulls scream, and breakers roar, 

And wreck and sea-weed line the shore? 

 

Ultima Thule! Utmost Isle! 

Here in thy harbors for a while 

We lower our sails; a while we rest 

From the unending, endless quest. 

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Rosy Cole
Nice! Thank you! (As a writer, and one striving with the economics of poetry, I mind have a slight issue with 'unending, endless'.... Read More
Monday, 31 December 2018 13:39
Stephen Evans
It's not just you - I had the same thought! It seems like the kind of thing you write when the publisher is waiting for the manus... Read More
Monday, 31 December 2018 18:55
Rosy Cole
Yes, I had heard about the space thing :-) but I don't suppose Longfellow had, at least not in the way we have. As I view it, the... Read More
Tuesday, 01 January 2019 12:10
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Climbing

Climb up the steps of love;

Don't vault at once to the roof,

but slowly ascend

in descending slowly

into one another.

 

Reach (not Paradise)

Each other, and through,

To others you will be,

Greeting each and saying,

“I will love you in your time.”

 

Climb up the steps of love,

Marking each in memory,

Surely with the easy pace

Of Joy.

 

 

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Rosy Cole
A lovely piece of soul architecture. And how wonderfully possible it is to be surprised by Joy in the depths of despair when we k... Read More
Friday, 23 November 2018 15:12
Stephen Evans
Thank you Rosy - and yes!
Friday, 23 November 2018 15:18
Katherine Gregor
Beautiful poem. I love both the meaning and the rhythm.
Friday, 30 November 2018 13:29
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Painting Sunsets

My new children’s fantasy novel Painting Sunsets will go on sale next month. You can pre-order the book online or through your local bookstore.

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Rosy Cole
Good luck with your launch. You deserve to be able to live off the proceeds! :-)
Monday, 12 November 2018 18:27
Stephen Evans
Thank you! Wouldn't that be nice! ... Read More
Monday, 12 November 2018 22:41
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Frost (A Limerick)

When young Robert went riding his Sleigh

He came to a part in the Way

And like Erwin he Found

No one else was Around

So he took both ways and went Astray.

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