Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Poems from the Last Eight Weeks

Because I would not dull you with my song,
I shyly meet this paper with my pen,
And quietly pray my rhyming goes not long,
Nor makes me small next to some other men.
I miss your eyes and their dear diamond gleam
Set deep in brown and rounded perfectly,
And thy dear laugh which makes all sadness seem
Unburdened by thy sweet infinity.
That mirth will sooth my bruised and aching heart
When next I hear it sounding in my ear,
And such dear thoughts in each and every part
Maintains my joy until you next are near.
I wake to see thee clearly in my skies
And sleep to dream so sweetly of your eyes.

I saw her step with grace into the street,
Adorned in blue cascading like her hair.
How nimbly she did skip on her bare feet:
The very incarnation of what’s fair.
She took me breathless in her gentle gaze,
And my young heart heard a cacoph’nous peace.
It found out love in numerous different ways,
And ne’er in adoration did it cease.
How true that moment was: both fierce and raw.
That youthful quickness did not dare to lie.
Elder eyes do disbelieve what they saw,
But faith in it will let the memory fly.
The truth of youth within us doth remain.
Its ecstasy will e’er be ours to claim.

I wonder, if we’d known what time we had,
Would we have treated those last days the same?
Would we have strived to make each other glad,
Not left grim misery to make its name?
If we with love had fought for happiness,
Knowing that our dear time was painful brief,
Perhaps we would have ‘scaped this tearfulness
And still possess our joy, and not our grief.
Now all such thoughts and dreams are in our past,
And nought but endless questions can remain.
Toward our future must we hurry fast
And lend past hopes reluctant, sad disdain?
Though in my past you were complete delight,
Now, I must leave thee from my tear-stained sight.

© Jack Blackburn, 12th January 2013

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