Sunday, October 2, 2011

Poetry Picnic Week 7: Love and Loss

My friends, I am Shashi and the host for the 7th week of creativity and enjoyment at

The Gooseberry Garden for Poetry Picnic Week 7.

We are going strength to strength and having an amazing time. Though I was not able to log on and read the poetry for some week but I strive to create this post an inspiring and giving you something to think about... hope I am doing it alright. But I promise you this, from next week onwards, I will try to plan better and give more time as we are trying to tweak the timeline of the posting to a little earlier to give me decent hours to work with this post in India, hope this will be fine with you my friends....

Love Potion
Painting by Koloman Moser  1915
I took this picture this July at Beveldere Museum Vienna

Well this week is going to be very interesting as we are going to write about an interesting topic i.e. ‘Love and Loss’ and anyone who has lived life, and or living life has something to say about it... so get your muse working overtime and tell you love how you feel, or tell your ex... How much it pains.... or just share how much your love people, friends and things around you and what loss means, when you lose something... anything.

But before that let me tell you what we are going to do next week...

Next week we are going talk about “Friends, relationships and everyone around” sharing the person’s who moulded us, made us what we are today, or someone that touched your heart or someone, who around you makes the world burst out in colours of rainbow...

Now coming back to our topic this week....

POETRY PICNIC WK 7: Love and loss

Sharing a lovely story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning... Both Elizabeth and Robert Browning believed that their love was eternal and some how I feel that it was... you judge for yourself.... as you read on...

Elizabeth Browning write in one of the most beautiful and love filled poetry that I have ever come across...  telling her husband Robert Browning...

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Browning (1806-1861)

After Elizabeth Browning’s death, Robert Browning wrote the following quote from Dante into his wife’s Bible, “ I believe and I declare – certain I am – from this life I pass into a better, there where that lady lives of whom enamoured was my soul.”

Though Robert Browning outlived his wife by 28 years, he never remarried. A certain Lady Ashburton once proposed to him but he declined, assuring her that his heart lay buried in Florence, and any marriage would be for the benefit of his young son.

Here is one of his lovely poetry I am sharing about love..

So, the year’s done with!
(Love me forever)
All March begun with,
April’s endeavour;
May-wreaths that bound me
June needs must sever;
Now snow fall round me,
Quenching June’s fever___
(Love me forever)

Thanks for joining us to support poetry, poetry promotion, and poetry sharing here at The Gooseberry Garden Monday Poetry Potluck!!!

Happy (Belated) Birthday to October Babies,

including the following poets at our community, wishing you all the happiness and success in life, and many happy returns! You Rock! Please enjoy a grand time!

October 2, Morning, Morning
October 6, Life in Verse, Aynsley7
October 9, Caged By Freedom, Tweety
October 16, Talon, TALON
October 16, Celebrating A Year: Mairmusic
October 21:~Drew: ~Drew

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Add your entry via InLinkz below by clicking on the blue button, and leave a comment in case it is your first time! It would be great if you could link back to us on your blog.

Weekly poetry collection starts on Sunday, 8pm (CDT), and will stay open till Thursday, 8pm (CDT), 96 hours for you to share your poetry with us...

Beginning Week 8, we may have our post up 6 hours earlier, which shall not hinder your participation! Thanks for the attention!

Please share your poetry, comment below and read some very talented artists and have fun! 
 नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
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Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to October Babies,

Thanks for sharing your poetry, and making our place beautiful!

Anonymous said...

A poem... and it's on topic! Yay! That's a first!

Looking forward to the week of reading you all.

LBTL said...

Happy birthday one and all!! :)

Marbles in My Pocket said...

I posted the 2nd of my 4 part series of poems I call "Changed" tonight, and amazingly the 2nd in the series fits this weeks theme. How bout that? I'm happy to be here again, and hope you enjoy the poem!

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

Anything is welcome, folks.

Thanks for the love, Becky, Lynna, and Marbles in My Pocket.

Happy Poetry Picnic!

The Poet said...

Hello all.
I've not been here in a while due to being unwell. I'm slowly recovering & easing back into blogging with a new poem which fits both love & loss.

Shashi, wonderful choice of love poems today.
Thanks also for all your hard work in bringing Poetry Picnic to us.

Enjoy this week ahead everyone!

Rajlakshmi said...

a very happy birthday October babies :)

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fabulous Job,


Anonymous said...

posted a triolet i wrote back in 1997. i think it fits the theme perfectly.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting points. Thanks!

My blog:
rachat credit particulier

Anonymous said...

Great topic, dear to my heart. I've posted two of my recent poems, that fit this weeks theme. I hope you enjoy them.

Susie Clevenger said...

Happy Birthday to all born in October. I wrote my poem last May, but it is a good fit for this weeks theme...looking forward to reading other writers who have posted.

Khushboo R. Gandhi said...

as always, a gr8 theme :D

Anonymous said...

Just came across your blogspot, and thought I'd enter something.

Shashidhar Sharma said...

First of all let me wish, Morning, Aynsley7, Tweety, Talon, Mairmusic and Drew happy Birthday... may you find peace love and happiness in life..

Finally I have submitted my poetry here and starting to read every one's today... hope to have loads of pleasure, enjoying your beautiful words... Thanks for sharing all and look forward to lovely week of reading...

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
At twitter @VerseEveryDay

nitewrit said...

Posted "Late that mourning..." It is about love lost.


Marbles in My Pocket said...

Blogger poets: For some reason, the past week, I am not able to comment on some of your sites. I get a message that says:We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.
The following errors were found:
Input error: Cookie value is null for FormRestoration

I don't know if this is a problem generated on my Wordpress blog, or on some of the Blogger blogs. It doesn't happen on all of the Blogger blogs, only some of them. The most recent was Shashi's blog. (I like Butterfly, Shashi!)

Daydreamertoo said...

Thanks for organising this.
I get a bit lost now as to where to go to find your prompts now.
Is the Promising poets rally every 2 weeks?
Thanks to all :)

Unknown said...

After a hectic weekend and a naughty internet connection have submitted 2 poems I have written previously ..look for ward to reading others ...thanks for the opportunity x

Jingle Poetry At Olive Garden said...

welcome, poetic friends,

have fun today.

mindsinger said...

This was just written today for my children's column in the paper, the editor of which, a dear friend, died last Friday.

June_Butterfly said...

Shashi!!Been a long time.Hope you still remember me.Well,I kinda suffered from loss of words.But am trying to get back on the track.Hopefully people can come and visit.

How do I love thee...let me count the ways.AMAZING!!

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

welcome, everyone.

will read soon.

shail said...

Many many happy returns of the day to all those celebrating their b'days this month :)

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

Thanks for the treats,

linked in, have fun!
will read now.

Anonymous said...

Love and love lost... welll... i'd better get some tissues before I brave reading all these poems... but that's okay... i've got chocolate too... and a good cry is good for us every so often. :] Mine was written from such a raw place... it's crazy what love can do do a person. :] xx

pamanner said...

That poem by E.B.B. is my favorite love poem ever penned. Thanks for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday October-ians and look forward to enjoying this picnic with all of you. And thank you again for the opportunity to read and be read!

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

A Very Happy Birthday to All who are Celebrating in this Month.May The Lord Bless All, amen.
For The Picnic Week:
Thank you for the lovely writing opportunities.

June_Butterfly said...

Dear Shashi,don't know if it's ok to leave a msg here but I have been trying to comment on your blog but can't.

Just wanted you to know I love what you wrote.The title stole my heart.Butterfly!Sad but beautiful write,Shashi!!

Eclipse said...

What a beautiful choice of the poems!
I was away for some time and I have a lot to catch up as I can see. Thank you Gooseberry Garden for all the mails and invites :)
(Good to be back)
Hugs and love to all

Isadora said...

This is another informative and wonderful challenge. I have posted one that I wrote for all the men and woman who are out there helping to make our country safe and, yet, leaving behind loved ones who they long to be near. Cheers to our soldiers , policeman and firefighters who deserve to many "Thank You's".

Isadora said...

This is another informative and wonderful challenge. I have posted one that I wrote for all the men and woman who are out there helping to make our country safe and, yet, leaving behind loved ones who they long to be near. Cheers to our soldiers , policeman and firefighters who deserve to many "Thank You's".

Anonymous said...

sorry this is my old entry which I am submitting again... Hope to give a new one with in the span given..Let me try...Thanks for this lovely topic...

The twenties girl said...

This is an entry I wrote in acceptance of the perfect poet for week 40! it's on of my favorite pieces...!! hope you all enjoy reading it!

Happy birthday to all October babies!! :)

The twenties girl said... the URL!! :)

Anonymous said...

welcome, I am reading you tonight.

Sorry for being late.

Anonymous said...

I've been encouraged to link here by comments on my own blog ... thanks to the Gooseberry Garden for inviting me over :)

First time writer ... I've been encouraged to post a couple more, so I will see if I have any more poems on Love and Loss.

Please enjoy the poems :) As I am enjoying reading the ones already posted :)

Gerry Snape said...

I'm contributing my Thursday Poem as it is 1. about a cat...and 2. about the love I have for it but the loss as it doesn't belong to me!
Hope this fits the project this week.

Scarlet said...

I just barely made it - just posted a classic one ~

Thanks for the prompt~

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

welcome, all,

Thanks for the fabulous treats.

Emanita01 said...

Hi. Looks like the link for entry #123 doesn't function correctly.

Don't know if it's possible but to change the link but here's the correct one.
Hope this time it works and, if it can be corrected, thanks in advance :-)

Anonymous said...

Which came first? chicken or the egg

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