“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
in a darkened building
she is behind a counter
there is a long line of shadows
waiting on her
filling the space with decaying breath
she feels around for a screen
or a till stashed full of money
nothing is switched on
she is helpless
but the shadows refuse to leave
with their yellowing nails
clutching this and that
a lot of time has past
the urgency makes her teeth grind
they only care for themselves
she lies on the floor in desperation
they can not see her there
she knows it is childish
she is tired of being gawked at
despite the feeling that she is in trouble
it is a relief
unusually soft too
a body grabs her
she sits up
sticks her hand out
on to her bedside table
the counter seems to vanish
with the realisation
that her partner is embracing her
in their double bed
far removed from registers
her heart beat slows
she is in her favourite place
it feels like the shadows linger
in an unending cycle
Have a laugh with a co-worker in the back room.
Share a glance with a stranger waiting in line for food.
Stay up all night with your friends.
Reminisce your childhood with your parents.
Whisper something you have never said to your lover.
Give a cheeky wink to an overactive toddler.
Help an elderly person with their shopping.
Give a nod to a driver to say thanks for stopping.
You can never know what everyone is thinking
Does not mean there is any less meaning.
As much as hiding away from the world sounds ideal
The shared moments in my life have felt more real.
Some might say I fell
The word is too quick for what really happened
It was as if a time lapse was taken
Over several months
And I just forgot about the things
That were important to me at fifteen
I’m trying find that place in my brain
That saw possibility
And power in words
Mostly the power it embedded in me
I’m resigned to what I am
Or at least finding that out every day
I’m at my happiest when I’m sleeping
Or sitting in a moving car
Going places without thought