canticle of waning light


Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

canticle of waning light
a quadrille

whisper me now a lullaby
and hold me close in mystic
arms of memory

whisper me songs
of yesterday
when dreams throbbed
promises, danced
with love beneath the stars

whisper me peace
‘neath setting sun
and grace shall linger
in the gloom
of night.

Please join us at dVerse Poets’ Pub where we are enjoying Quadrille’s–poetry of exactly 44 words. This week’s word that must be included in the poem is WHISPER. The pub doors open Monday at 3:00 PM EST. De Jackson is our hostess and she pours a mean poem.

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40 thoughts on “canticle of waning light

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Gorgeous words creating gorgeous images.

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  2. Whispers..
    FeeLinGS
    EmoTioNs
    seNses..
    long
    home..
    EsSence oF FloWer Form..:)

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  3. Olga says:

    A very loving canticle. So uplifting to ponder. ❤

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  4. othermary says:

    This is so beautiful, Victoria. I love the repetition of the phrase, “Whisper me…”

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  5. MarinaSofia says:

    I agree, this has a very musical quality to it – full of declarative intent too – a whispered command, in some ways.

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  6. Poetic and lyrical (as in get this thing set to music!) My favorite bit o’reading this morning, a much needed interlude, Victoria!

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  7. lillian says:

    “..hold me close in mystic arms of memories…” I LOVE so much about this — and these words especially. I feel like you are one of the old time singers crooning your song…Beautiful!

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  8. frankhubeny says:

    Nice repetition of “whisper me” in each stanza.

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  9. C.C. says:

    “mystic arms of memory”—-ah, that sounds lovely 🙂

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  10. ‘mystic arms of memory’ – such a lovely phrase, Victoria!

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  11. maria says:

    Ah.. yes, please! ❤

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  12. Truedessa says:

    This is absolutely stunning, my favorite so far 🙂

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  13. lynn__ says:

    So sweetly sung…like a prayer.

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  14. Iris says:

    Ooh, this is my favorite:
    “when dreams throbbed
    promises, danced”

    No, the ending is:
    “and grace shall linger
    in the gloom
    of night” … Soooo beautiful.

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  15. rosemawrites says:

    so soothing. so calming. so good. love the title too! ❤

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  16. Kay says:

    Sometimes whispers hold such power. This is lovely, Victoria. 💜

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  17. kanzensakura says:

    Gorgeous Victoria. I can feel in my deepest soul.

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  18. ghostmmnc says:

    Just truly beautiful ❤

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  19. wolfsrosebud says:

    Wonderful photo. No doubt it inspired you.

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  20. sanaarizvi says:

    whisper me songs
    of yesterday
    when dreams throbbed
    promises, danced
    with love beneath the stars

    I love this, your quadrille breathes such emotion into the heart and soul. My new favorite from you, Victoria ❤️

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  21. Grace says:

    A gentle and beautiful prayer Victoria ~ Hope you are well ~

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  22. Was there music playing when I read this? I’m sure I heard music…or maybe it was the melody of your words? It doesn’t matter. It was beautiful. ❤

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  23. kim881 says:

    These lines made me cry:
    ‘whisper me now a lullaby
    and hold me close in mystic
    arms of memory’
    I spent all of my visit to Mum on the Sunday before she died quietly singing songs she used to sing to get me to sleep when I was little.

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  24. welshstream says:

    whisper me songs … whisper me peace ….. just lovely concepts and the last 3 lines a great finish 🙂

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  25. Oh this is superb and whispers a soft song to me.

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  26. erbiage says:

    You really aced this. Whisper me… *sigh*

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  27. Oh, it’s lovely. Sigh.

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  28. This is just wonderful Victoria, when read as a metaphor when read to the night itself…

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  29. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, Victoria.
    “and grace shall linger”

    Oh, YES. Yes, please. More lingering grace. More whispered peace.

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  30. A beautiful and soothing lullaby as the light wanes Victoria. I especially love ‘whisper me peace ‘neath setting sun and grace shall linger’

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  31. Sue says:

    Beautiful write, Victoria….I love the last “grace shall linger in the gloom of night”

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  32. A lullaby about the dawn, afternoon, and sunset of our lives whispered so heartfelt – poetic perfection.

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