Think of the paramedics
As they cling to the wounded
Batting off those angry and confused
By people in uniform
Trying to save a life
Elbows deep in blood
Showering off the days work
Letting go of the one who died on the road
Brain leaking out upon arrival
Taking a deep breath
Deciding what to cook for dinner
a boy and a girl
drove until they lost track
got out and walked
until it got dark
hid in a cave on the beach
no idea where they were
or where they were going
the girl said to the boy
the boy said to the girl
Do you want to go back?
the girl said
the boy said
What are you afraid of?
the girl said
That this moment is already fading
Even though I’m sitting right here
The older I get
The more I want to be a child again
I wanted there to be so much more
the boy stared out at the waves
You don’t want to be with me?
The girl placed her hand on the rocky wall
That’s not it
I don’t want to be me anymore
the boy took her hand
You know this cave has probably been here
For thousands of years
It has seen many suns and moons
Each year it slowly erodes
Bit by bit
One day it will fade
As will you
It just won’t take as long
the girl smiled
In the meantime?
the boy shrugged
We will keep this cave company
Play the game
Sipping cask wine
Basking in fading light
Celebrating our isolation
After decades of stress
Each day promising
Spontaneity guiding us
A coin flip for North or South
You have aged with the grace
Of a balmy night breeze
Remember that December
We had Christmas
In a forest
No tinsel or gifts
Just a river
Just our skin
Travel with me further
To the edge of life
For I will always be
And the road will
Always be our home
Until the fuel runs out
“Never close your mind to whom you have invited to peer in,
I am nothing, you are nothing. Though something dwells within.
At first you were a familiar stranger. No thought of love existed,
Then solos met in duets and our melody persisted.
You brought me to a mode of speech without self editing,
Your face brought a source of light I found worth admitting.
Nothing is sealed in fate. Everyday is a choice,
Could you feel the same without the calm in their voice?
Feel our hand grooves gently grow deeper,
Discard others like souls to the reaper.
A trade of giving oneself over to the other,
A destruction of privacy for the gain of a lover.
It may appear at times you lose identity,
Something uncontrollable, its own entity.
Instinctively you will find a balance in the tether,
Even when apart you will always be together.
A secret bonds us upon every kiss
Hand in hand, we float through the abyss.”
This poem was created after consuming a lot of chocolate. Not just any old chocolate but Baci. For those who do not know, Baci chocolates come wrapped up with a little piece of paper with a quote about love. Usually from notable people but some anonymous.
I kept a whole bunch of these quotes and wrote them down. Some were superb in simplicity while others were on the verge of being regurgitated into Valentine’s Day card messages.
After seeing them all together I took elements from each quote and tried to embed them into a poem with my own take of love. I did not want the poem to be too romantic but rather a more honest description on what I have experienced.
Below I have listed all the quotes I used for inspiration and would like to thank the authors, Baci and my partner for the material. Enjoy!
Never close your lips to one to whom you have opened your heart. – Anonymous
Love me because without you I can do nothing, I am nothing. – P. Verlaine
I loved you at first sight. And you smile because you know it. – A. Boito
To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart. – Anonymous
Love brought me thence, who prompts my speech. – Dante Alighieri
Your face is the sun, and the sound of your words is harmony. – Veronica Gambara
To love is a choice and a kiss seals that choice. – Anonymous
He who wants to be loved needs to become lovable. – Proverbio
Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be. – G. Sand
A friend to all is a friend to none. – A. Schopenhauer
My soul is with you, I will give you love in exchange for love. – Eloisa
Love does not destroy: indeed, it makes you perfect. – Tommaso d’Aquino
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotele
Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart. – Honore de Balzac
A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear. – E. Rostand
A friend is by your side, is loyal through thick and thin. – Brunetto Latini
Hello there, me again
The voice inside your head you ignore
Just wanted to let you know
That everyone you love is going to die
That you will most likely die a painful death
And it doesn’t even matter
The world is going to shit anyway
Your government is probably lying to you
Everyone is becoming a fat keyboard warrior
Drooling over the fact that Queen B blinked
That you like to think you’re an individual
Yet the ongoing spread of communication
Means we have all become clichés
That the most joy you get in life
Is living through fictional characters
And that people are progressively more repugnant
You are glad if you don’t see another human being for a whole day
You will most likely work in a job you hate
For your very short life
To save up enough money
For some underpaid carer to forget to shower you
So you can sit there in old age
And think what a waste of time and space our society has become
But hey, you will die
Hopefully you live somewhere where euthanasia is legal