“Les beaux esprits se rencontrent”—François-Marie de Voltaire, Age of Enlightenment French philosopher


When Songs of Joy Are Sung, Deep and Full-Throated

When songs of joy are sung, deep and full-throated,
Gay lines of cheer blissfully oft' may spring;
but songs sung happily hide a secret coded
within a bard's concealed, inward being.

What hidden germ can masquerade as his art?
When the mind envisions poetry, profound
phrases of love pouring out from the heart's
impassioned lips may multiply unbound!

A riddle, hid in cipher, deep inside
a conundrum: but perhaps there is a key?
Encrypted, and then planted far and wide,
in rhymes apparent is his mind's bel esprit.

Beautiful spirits ever meet—and find
in each other the gift of a great mind.




Sonnet by Ngoc Nguyen The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2024-03-08 at 17:41

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D G Moody The PoetBay support member heart!
I've missed your poems. So a joy to read this one.
2024-03-10


R.W.S. The PoetBay support member heart!
I could spend a whole lot of time reading and rereading this. Well, I have. Very enigmatic!
2024-03-09