I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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22 April 2015

An Imperfect Love Poem


I like tall, dark and handsome — Errol Flynn
when I was a young girl: that wicked grin

as Robin or pirate, his sword flashing.
For also, of course, they must be dashing.

Until, my love, I met you, when older.
True, in your own way there was none bolder,

but in manner less dashing than abrupt.
And your height had suffered an interrupt

to be on the same level as my own.
White-haired and blue-eyed — still, how those eyes shone.

With our matching heights just right for kissing,
I soon decided nothing was missing.

By now, sweet soul, though you've left me in death,
your beauty sustains me to my last breath.













Prompt 22 for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with live toads' is to write a perfect love poem, hopefully in formal verse.  Mine is an imperfect Clarian sonnet, with 10-syllable lines rather than strict iambic pentameter. The title also refers to the imperfections of the beloved against 'tall, dark and handsome' standards. Lastly, I've written so many serious love poems, there wasn't much left to me now except to go a bit against the grain. The photo is from my 60th birthday party, five years after we married.

27 comments:

  1. I love this poem, Rosemary.

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  2. The search of perfection is nor always in the dashing or the beauty.. the sheen in those eyes, and in the mind is so much more important.

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  3. now thats a perfect love story if ever there was one, thanks for sharing

    much love...

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  4. your beauty sustains me ...... what a beautiful tribute.

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  5. Excellent. Flynn was never real! This one, the right height? Perfect.

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  6. Oh Rosemary, your imperfect love poem is the perfect expression of love! Thanks for being first and opening with such beautiful words. <3

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  7. Perfect, in my opinion! I, too, fell for someone my own height, if not a tad shorter! What one thinks she wants may not be what she really wants!

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    1. Actually, Andrew was just a tad shorter than me, too.:)

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  8. The memories of true love never end. ! It is such a beauty when it comes from the heart, Rosemary!

    Hank

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  9. Oh Rosemary, even without his presence, he is still with you. Beautiful

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  10. This made me smile, Rosemary. It is so sweet. It is heartwarming that you had such a love. Both so happy in the photo. And yes, much to sustain you.

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  11. This is such a sweet & romantic depiction of love...! :D
    Agreed with Helen... its absolutely adorable :D
    xoxo

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  12. This almost made me cry... I envy you for having had that (and I hope that doesn't offend). Beautiful!

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    1. Indeed no, that doesn't offend. I realise I was very blessed.

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  13. All I can say is awwwww. Rosemary, xx

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  14. Oh my goodness...this is beautiful and emotive...what a gem of a picture and love...thank you for sharing, Rosemary.

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  15. Rosemary--sweet, charming, human. k.

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  16. I am so pleased he gave you such joy. It is obvious you were very happy together !

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  17. ahhh. when the 'now' is so good, it lasts ... ~

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  18. Aw! Love this, funny, sweet, true, the whole package.

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  19. The perfect couple. I'm sorry it had to come to an end so soon.
    Love you, Rosemary, you're great! And write wonderful poetry.
    ..

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    1. Thank you, Jim!

      I'm sorry about that too, but we did have 20 wonderful years which I'm very glad about.

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