LOVE COMES SOFTLY

Love
Love comes softly like a leaf in the wind
Have you the time to linger and listen
to the whisperings of a heart, waking
to the beauty it once only imagined?

Have you the time to linger and listen
In the simplest gestures, love is speaking.
To the beauty it once only imagined,
the soul rises like tides to the Moon calling.

In the simplest gestures, love is speaking
a heart with love, like a flower opens.
The soul rises like tides to the Moon calling
Love raises souls to be like angels in heaven.

A heart with love, like a flower opens
to give its beloved of its fullness.
Love raises souls to be like angels in heaven
reflecting God who gives love its essence.

To give its beloved of its fullness,
Love, from all time, has been destined.
Without fanfare, without pretenses,
Love comes softly like a leaf in the wind.

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Written for DVERSE’s Meeting the Bar – Repetitive Forms.  Here, I chose to write a Pantoum.  It is a form with origins in Malaysia and is written in quatrains with ABAB rhyme scheme.  In this repeating poetry form, the second and fourth   lines of the previous stanza become the first and third lines of the next stanza.  I’ve found the rhyming scheme to be quite challenging because there are not too many words that give exact rhymes to the ones I used.

 

I think I enjoy writing form poetry because it immediately gives me something to focus on. Also, knowing that I only have so many lines to write takes out all other extraneous ideas/thoughts that are not relevant.  In a way, writing form poetry is easier than writing free verse-free form poetry where I have decide what to put in and how long or short a poem should be.

About the image, I took in in October while we were watching a reenactment of the Battle of Aachen in the the American Heritage Museum, Collings Foundation in Hudson, MA.  While we were waiting for the show to begin, the couple in the picture walked in.   The way they stood and looked into each others eyes, the way they looked together, to me, spoke of a quiet deep love.  Their demeanor inspired the opening lines of this poem.

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31 comments

  1. I have been finding it interesting to read about the inspiration for your poems lately. This was a well done agape love poem and my favorite line is:
    “The soul rises like tides to the Moon calling”

  2. I also love your anchor to this wonderful pantoum “love comes softly like a leaf in the wind.” But find the varied explications also so enlightening and beautiful, especially no need for pretenses or fanfare, the reflection that love mirrors God’s love and is what brings us closest to God’s nature, and the flowers opening. Imelda, this is so wonderful. Thank you.

  3. When it comes to love, I tend to see either the metaphysical or just its heavy-duty nuts and bolts, often too restless to pause and feel its tenderness as in the admirable way you demonstrate beautifully through this poem. I really love it and find it inspiring. 🙂

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