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Old 12-11-2017, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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“Tis a Fearful Thing

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.

A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –

to be,
And oh, to lose.

A thing for fools, this,

And a holy thing,

a holy thing
to love.

For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.

To remember this brings painful joy.

‘Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.”

― Yehuda HaLevi
1075-1141
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:29 PM
 
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Thanks for the poem. I understand the "painful joy." My husband's laugh still lives in me. I hear it in my head sometimes. And yes, love is a holy thing. We take a risk when we love, but how much better to have done that than to have denied ourselves love's holy joy.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yes, this poem spoke deep inside of me. Amazing, such a clear voice, from over 800 years ago.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Poetry is often rich in metaphor that some people have difficulty understanding. Sometimes song lyrics can also capture the essence of feelings.

While the lyrics from these two songs sung by Mary Black wander into different areas, these stanzas have key phrases that speak.

"So when you pick the handsome flower
Don't forget the thorn upon the rose
It's cut is deep and the scar lasts forever
It follows love wherever love goes

Win or lose it's just the same
Tears of joy tears of pain
They're hand in hand they come as one
You'll never see the moon without the promise of the sun
For all the bruises for all the blows
I'd rather feel the thorn than to never see the rose"


For someone approaching their own death with their mate:

"This old house is falling down around my ears
I'm drowning in a river of my tears
When all my will is gone, you hold me sway
I need you at the dimming of the day"


The first stanzas of a poem of mine. The rest of it would be too intense to post here.:

Far away, in an old country house,
far too poor to have a back porch,
on an old brass bed now far too big,
rise bones far too aching for sleep.

No warmth to draw close,
Cold fall air fills the night.
Cold clothes now shivered on,
their warmth long gone.

Wiping dew from the cold rocker,
slowly sitting, facing west,
where day has well and truly gone,
following after all warm days before it.

Upright stones sentinel the dark over there,
grass now solid over disturbed dirt
where life has well and truly gone,
following after all warm days before it.

Glims of sky light the east,
show the porch lamp flame gutter to black.
Once it was a beacon after hard days work,
now naught but the final goal of tired moths.
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