They do not sleep;
they hide silvery secrets
under thick, worn skin

A whisper emerges
from shadows, Americans
standing in rows of granite–

they still their quivering souls,
the spirit of the outstretched
hand shakes in all seasons…

I feel the grip of hope and place
my hand to my heart , salute
the courageous, the lanterns

on the way. They do not sleep,
these everleaves, these heroes
stark and tall, like the tree.


Submitting the above poem for d’Verse Open Link Night Week #50, inspired by this poem from Every Day Poems and TweetSpeak Poetry, “American Beech Trees” by Patricia Cook
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16 Responses to Lanterns

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  3. brian miller says:

    interesting…was it some kind of the memorial…in my mind the lanterns stood for the soldiers…or the fallen ever standing to protect our freedom….nice write…

  4. tashtoo says:

    Bravo! Wonderful words that paint a stunning scene…loved this!

  5. janehewey says:

    beautifully worded. your weaving of “outstretched hand” to “grip of hope” to” hand to heart” is lovely and soft, keeping my senses connected to this piece.I enjoyed it much!

  6. ManicDdaily says:

    Lovely piece – many types of lanterns evoked here. k.

  7. Claudia says:

    i much like..they hide silvery secrets
    under thick, worn skin.. that paints such a palpable picture..

  8. Jody Collins says:

    wow……’these everleaves’. I could see birch trees and their branches, tippling in the wind.

  9. rosemary mint says:

    Love the first stanza.

  10. Truedessa says:

    Hi, May the lanterns always flicker..I enjoyed the 3rd stanza powerful use of words to make one feel.

  11. I think you did a nearly impossible job within the careful wording and layering of this poem..because in one metaphor you “salute” both the patriotism of the living and the sacrifice of the dead. You wound a careful path to do so, but the result is masterful! Kudos.

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