A Sonnet.

I love reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s work. When I finish reading something that she has written, I hunger for more. This example is from “The Sonnets of the Portuguese”. They continue to be a literary masterpiece.

The face of all the world is changed, I think,
Since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul
Move still, oh, still, beside me, as they stole
Betwixt me and the dreadful outer brink
Of obvious death, where I, who thought to sink,
Was caught up into love, and taught the whole
Of life in a new rhythm. The cup of dole
God gave for baptism, I am fain to drink,
And praise its sweetness, Sweet, with thee anear.
The names of country, heaven, are changed away
For where thou art or shalt be, there or here;
And this … this lute and song … loved yesterday,
(The singing angels know) are only dear,
Because thy name moves right in what they say.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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12 Responses to A Sonnet.

  1. Hiiiiiii. It’s Jeannette.

  2. pacificnorthwestgranny says:

    Yes truly a touching of the soul.
    Ruth

  3. Very beautiful indeed.

  4. I like sonnets, but I especially love EBB! πŸ™‚ I often wonder about what an amazing brain she had! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  5. She expresss the divity of love .
    This is what I felt at reading this poem.
    Thanks for sharing, Zakiah
    Love ❀
    Michel

    • Zakiah says:

      She sure does Michel. I think I was in Seventh or Eighth Standard when I was first introduced to Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I have been in love with them for more than half a century it seems.
      Love,
      Zakiah.

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