On Thinking Of My Love
And love Thee; And need Thee; And have Thee not,
Yet the Light of Thy Presence banishes the darkness of my loneliness,
Joy and sweet Happiness personified.
But the great pinions which would fly to Thee
By dark and dreary mundane passings, are clipped.
Oh Beauteous One! Sweet life itself Thou art to me.
Full well know I Thou art my soul,
And my heart be not full and complete without Thee.
And forget Thee?
Say nay!! For with me always art Thou,
In both angelic face and soul,
In sweet remembrance.
Thy kind, pure person,
With ever-happy, smiling countenance
And silvern, crystal laughter,
Desire I by my side.
Yet despair not and nor will I.
Soon, Love, shall we be rejoined,
That I may again drink deep of the pure, clear stream
Of my devotion, and offer Thee
On humble knees,
Of my love to thee.
Phoenix-Maker Thou art; Truly,
Shaper of Fate and Fortune,
To burn away the nothing detritus
Of a nowhere life,
And from the ashes, draw,
Hot and molten, the nub of an almost forgotten past,
To be forged on the anvil of Reality,
Into a tool with which to garner a fuller future.
Guide Thou art, taking by the hand
A soul, lost in the wilds of mediocrity and suburbia,
Drawing a willing spirit past
The traps and pitfalls and morés
Of reliability, and respectability, and responsibility,
To a haven of a life to be lived
And savored and enjoyed,
Not merely observed and endured.
Friend Thou art, and much, much more.
Lover even, to give of the heart and soul and mind and body
To one so unworthy of Thee.
Treat me as Thou will,
Yet I hope it be not ill.
Spurn me not, nor leave me lonely,
For now Thou art my one and only.
In the ongoing Autumn Housecleaning, I came upon this, one of my first (and fortunately few) love poems, in free verse and archaic language. The wife and I are coming up 48 years married, so you can imagine how old this attempt is. Be kind to the callow 21-year-old me, who thought he could impress a woman with poetry. 🙄