This is my latest love poem, and I have to say that even though not all of my poems are love poems, I’m beginning to wonder if people are getting tired of my favorite poetic subject, of all my poetic subjects, if they by and large aren’t poetically inclined, if they resent rhyme (as I often use it, and some people consider it out of style), or if they’re even reading my output at all. I still am getting tons of reads of my literary essays, some even all the way back to 2012 when I first started my blog, but it’s rare for people to comment on the poetry, or even give it a “like,” which admittedly is a bit of a lazy technique for comments, though I have occasionally used them when I couldn’t think of what else to say. So, if you are reading, folks out there, don’t feel unequal to the situation, or shy: most poets are flattered even to be read. I can tell by some of my stats that the poetry is less popular, but other stats suggest that some readers are getting to it through “Archives” and the “front page,” as I call it. Let me invite you to read, and have your say.
A Theory of Time After a while, the rope will fray and break That is tied and stretched and tested for love's long sake; Though aeons may pass without apparent change Then on a sudden the atoms will rearrange Themselves, and the threads will fast unweave And the lover's heart, torn and tattered, cease to cleave (Except when "cleave" means to split and to divide, Whereupon the rope then untwines from side to side Rather like two snakes, themselves undoing from acts of love If really that were their destined formation, to be wove.) Rope, quite like the mirror, split from side to side, And Tennyson's curse seems to mock and to deride. Ropes and rivers, and bodies in boats drifting with the tide To Camelot, where the towers spread out wide, And boats are secured, as long as ropes hold true, But boats are just boats, and rue is only rue. For when men and ladies rue what has been done, And time rolls around, intent to spare not one, Then Camelot once again peeks out from time Granting a suffering unwound and sublime. And then threads of love lie loosely on the ground, Quiescent, dependent from the parent round So that all one can say is "It once was in Camelot, And wherever else, and now the bonds are not." For, regal and royal we most of us just fail of, And our Camelots flourish on more quotidian love, Long testings and strivings, so noble and honored and free-- Why, ropes already riven would float us out to sea! So, consider, my love, that I still love and hope, Though for aeons, it seems, I haven't yanked on the rope; But left you at peace, where it seems you want to be, As far as a galaxy, universe, from me.
©4/19/2019 by Victoria L. Bennett