February 18, 2018
Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14th.
Today’s poem is a Valentine’s Day poem about the slow and painful journey into love.
I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.
Before love, that jolting lilt
East of roses, in perturbed darkness,
Missing the eternal circumstance,
Yearning still, again, for that exploratory tilt.
Vainly would I fly into your heart
Afire, burning, consumed, expended.
Love is not an ending; nor does it end
Easily: becomes pith, becomes seed, starts
Needing, kneading, mid-desperation,
The long climb out of loneliness, turning
In hope, in anguish, in foolish expectation.
No two are joined except in painful learning:
Each frightened lesion closed for restoration.
© by Nicholas Gordon
Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/lilt.html. For more Valentine’s Day poems, go to http://www.poemsforfree.com/valentinesdaypoems.html .
This week’s theme: Valentine’s Day
February 12: Vest Your Love in Me, as I in You
February 13: Be My Valentine, for I
February 14: Be My Valentine: What Does That Mean
February 15: Blessings Are the Things We Take for Granted
February 16: Before I Ask Y’all, Please Understand
February 17: Before I Knew You, I Had Always Loved YouFebruary 18: Before Love, That Jolting Lilt