This is a short poem, and is the first totally free verse poem I’ve written since I’ve been putting poems on my website this month. It’s only got one simple thought, really, but I hope you’ll find it an interesting experiment, nonetheless.
Lovers Through the (R)ages Frankie and Johnny Abelard and Heloise Romeo and Juliet Bonnie and Clyde Titania and Bottom Match each to each And however far the reach They forfeited all the right To claim ordinary comforts But drove them toward the cliff face Whether a grim step down Or faintly comic trip We owe them this: They taught us About limits And how not to stop Or grieve overmuch For the lost commonplace. At least two were literate, But none required us To keep an occasion book Full of tender sayings Their minds were one and all Sterner and finer As even Bottom saw his opportunity And took it with him. ©Victoria Leigh Bennett, 1/10/17
Though some may, of course, debate that Bonnie and Clyde had “sterner and finer” minds, they were basically as obsessed with each other as all the others, and so I include them here. That may perhaps make the poem have a more ironic tone, but irony can be a good thing!