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Kate: By Turns Do I

by Andrew S Adams

By turns do I believe in love
and then I do deny;
for every merit therein held
there lingers this inside:

a dream beyond what it can be
a hope that's never met;
an endless quest to understand
that which i can not grasp

That darkness shades the truest love
that ev'rything comes with;
as you and i so deeply found
that love takes all and does not give;

and so do i by turns declare
that love can not exist;
yet all of this is said in fear
for knowing only this:

the truest love i've ever known
is love that left me to my own.


Author's Note: i'm not sure if it's too simple. thoughts?

Posted on 05/02/2007
Copyright © 2024 Andrew S Adams

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 05/03/07 at 01:45 AM

Simple but eloquent, Andrew. This could even become a sonnet if you wanted to tinker with it (one less stanza and iambic pentameter). But of course the form's also fine as is. One question: Why did you go with "grasp" instead of the rhyming "get" in stanza 2? d:-)

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 05/03/07 at 04:05 AM

I do not find it simple, and the last two lines raise it into a realm of mystery, really... as they can mean various things... one being love that sets one free at the same time as it enfolds... a lot to ponder, and beautifully spoken.

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 08/05/08 at 08:39 PM

i like this a lot. simple is beautiful...and this is just magnified beauty.

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