for rosalia de castro

I was born




nasin cand' as prantas nasen,

no mes das froles nasin,

nunh' alborada mainiña,

nun' alborada d' abril.


I was born at the birth of blossoms,

born when all the gardens grew,

on so very soft a morning,

on a morning April-blue.


Rosalia de Castro




they say it was the darkest of all nights

moonless, starless, the quietest of all

until the void was broken by a squall

while all the rest raised sparkly glass delights


i came, it's true, before the twelfth bell chimed

the year's last day, one sharp strike shy, before

the bubbly, from the chill, was raised to pour

the 'til' of auld lang syne yet sung, well-timed


a midnight child, born dark of eyes and hair

as one year passed into another, last

remnant of a spring fancy, nine month's past

to be swatted on a bottom, très bare 


to what end, meaning, i've long since pondered,

for whom to please, obey, become, delight

what claim to make of midnight child's birthright

that o'er the spanning years i've oft' squandered


countless word i've written, cast out, in plea

that my raison d'être be heard by one

the one is you, sweet aural blessing done

sung by whispered voice across time and sea















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Written on 2015-11-25 at 18:31

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Well to start with let me say that we all know when your birthday is now. I love the last stanza. It gives you the chill that comes when you know you have read something special. I love this piece.

I don't know if the Dicken's opening of David Copperfield, I am born, was intended, but I'd like to think so--and I like to thing a lot of things that may not be so. :)

Rhymes and cadence that make me want to get out my old poetics manuals and learn a thing or two. Nice work.

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
This is an amazing piece of work! The rhyme scene the structure the content and theme are unique and each encourages the other. Larry has the right of it. WOW!

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I'm standing on my chair, applauding and hooting. You've nailed it.

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
This is so beautiful and poetic .

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Long live THE MUSE!