Thursday, 11 April 2013

Bonding With Eternity OR Together, Whatever

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I have written many love poems; this one is a favourite, written with a wonderful couple in mind who had been happily married for many years before one partner died.  

It is so hard being left behind. Family and friends are a source of great comfort, and memories too. Even so, there can be no substitute for the real thing.

Ah, but where love is the real thing, be sure it inspires the mind to all things bright and beautiful, transcending the human body into the very spirit of its being, leaving a trail across time and space for others to follow. True, love has its ups and downs, good times and bad, but the more enlightened among us will always put our trust in its capacity for enduring joy.

This poem is a villanelle.

BONDING WITH ETERNITY or TOGETHER, WHATEVER

It was love opened up my heart
to all life means to me…
nor shall death its bonding part

Sands of time, soulmates at the start,
a song of destiny;
it was love opened up my heart

May the world no finer truths impart
than its natural beauty;
nor shall death its bonding part

Like summer skies, stars, even clouds
charting a fragile humanity…
it was love opened up my heart

If a taste on the tongue sweet or tart,
our togetherness a delicacy;
nor shall death its bonding part

Be nature’s kin struck by a poison dart
comprising all inhumanity…
it was love opened up my heart
nor shall death its bonding part

From: Accomplices to Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2007]

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