Time For Another Sestina

Updated on April 4, 2019
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I can't seem to stop writing poetry or reading poetry. I think it is safe to say I love poetry and I love sharing great poetry with others.

The time has come for a Sestina

about the mountains I cannot climb.

Unable to climb mountains anymore

I live in their snow capped memories.

Physical memory of movement,

though still, the mountains are strong standing.

Time has left me barely standing

my weary fingers write Sestina

what is left of my bodies movement.

Intellectual mountains to climb

lost in clouds of my old memories

I no longer labor towards more.

My whole life I have wanted more

a strong desire to be last standing

with disregard to making memories

taking the time to write Sestina

nothing has worth unless there was climb

never stopping always in movement.

My joints crack with every movement

my knees cannot take this anymore

these aches and pains have begun to climb

I am surprised I am still standing

through clouded eyes I write Sestina

write quickly forgotten memories.

These visions have become rock memories

this last breath my final death movement

let me exhale one last Sestina

last desire to stretch for one more

Whether horizontal or standing

granite toe to chiseled face I climb.

The bones in my feet remember climb

each osseous cave stores memories

my physiology is standing

though I have ceased all my movement

my cells no longer desire more

the time has come for Sestina.

This climb has taken all my movement

memories not useful anymore

what is left standing is Sestina.

© 2019 Jamie Lee Hamann


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      Ann Carr 

      17 months ago from SW England

      This is so well penned and crafted, Jamie! I love the way you've used the climbing metaphor for everything, liking it to your body's physical and mental abilities. Brilliant!


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      17 months ago from Reno NV

      Thank Harish for your kindness. Jamie

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      17 months ago from Reno NV

      What a wonderfully written comment I truly appreciate your words. Thank you. Jamie

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      17 months ago from Reno NV

      Hi Kim it is so nice to hear from you.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      17 months ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Verlie. I like the work you have done. Jamie

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      17 months ago from Reno NV

      Brenda thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I used to write a lot here around 8 years ago but I always celebrate poetry month by writing a poem a day on Hubpages.

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      17 months ago from Washington Court House

      Well written. "My joints crack..." that part is so true for many of us.

      I see you are posting for each day. I did not realize hubpages was doing anything for Poetry month.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      17 months ago from Canada

      Gorgeous write Jaimie! Sestina seems the perfect form for this journey.

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      17 months ago from North Carolina

      Nicely penned my friend and thoroughly enjoyed.



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      Krishnamurthy Natraj 

      17 months ago

      Mountains are always lovely, dark and deep, you had your kept-promises; Miles, you have covered without sleep!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      17 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Wonderful poem Jamie . Seems a mountaineer 's tryst with his favourite peak. You 've woven a beautiful tale. Great poem indeed. I enjoyed it. Thank you.


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