Monday, February 25, 2013

Three Sonnets on Love

How nearly, dearly, joy and grief align
Mystic alloy of pain and ecstasy
A synchronized employment, pure, divine
Love; comfort and heart-wrenching agony
The droids of lust will never know its kiss
Infatuation cannot grasp its role
Of fingertips evoking static-bliss
While rending deep the crypts of heart and soul
And oft, we soldiers of languid lament
Are startled by its potent catalyst
Candid compulsion of unrivaled strength
A hurricane born from the purple mist
Gently and graciously patience extols
Love’s miracle of fingertips and souls


Love, wherefore art thou free to all and yet
We choose to spurn your pearl for painted dirt?
Self is master of ‘forgive but not forget’
Clinging to shards of misgiving and hurt
Love; nothing exceeds your hierarchy
Though lesser ranks may seek to dethrone you
You never fail; we fail you brazenly
But you remain faultless to see us through
The echelons of mortal-might deflate
Our vengeful scrimmages of trodden dust
Grow weary; the craftsmen of cruel hate
Will never satisfy the lords of lust
But Love, in spite of promises of pain
Inspires us to love and love again


Love’s tender truth drifts on Time’s moment-tide
Evoking thoughts of wordless wonderment
The windswept centuries all have relied
On thee, oh Love of God-breathed filament
As tarnished evidences testify
That love and only love will never fail
And yet its quiet witness we defy
To test anew its gracious, Holy Grail
Oh Love, you whisper while the demons scream
And comfort even in your mourning hour
Your song, a soft and bittersweet requiem
Blood-notes of rare, redeeming pow’r
Oh love, how keen the kindness you extol
Redemption’s kiss reaches within the soul

© Janet Martin

 Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?

Kahlil Gibran  on Joy and Sorrow

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