February 14, 2006

Quirky Love Poems, Part Two

Q. Shenaynay

I couldn't resist after Fa posted two of my favorites, so here are three more delightfully unsappy love poems, the kind that transcend the usual Hallmark-y mush... and worth reading on a day such as this.

This first two are by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). I adore this first one -- isn't this just the way it so often happens? You can just hear his pitch and tempo escalating as his heart gradually gets away from him...

A Week

On Monday night I closed my door,
And thought you were not as heretofore,
And little cared if we met no more.

I seemed on Tuesday night to trace
Something beyond mere commonplace
In your ideas, and heart, and face.

On Wednesday I did not opine
Your life would ever be one with mine,
Though if it were we should well combine.

On Thursday noon I liked you well,
And fondly felt that we must dwell
Not far apart, whatever befell.

On Friday it was with a thrill
In gazing towards your distant vill
I owned you were my dear one still.

I saw you wholly to my mind
On Saturday -- even one who shrined
All that was best of womankind.

As wing-clipt sea-gull for the sea
On Sunday night I longed for thee,
Without whom life were waste to me!

* * * * * * *

The Sigh

Little head against my shoulder,
Shy at first, then somewhat bolder,
And up-eyed;
Till she, with a timid quaver,
Yielded to the kiss I gave her;
But, she sighed.

That there mingled with her feeling
Some sad thought she was concealing
It implied.
-- Not that she had ceased to love me,
None on earth she set above me;
But she sighed.

She could not disguise a passion,
Dread, or doubt, in weakest fashion
If she tried:
Nothing seemed to hold us sundered,
Hearts were victors; so I wondered
Why she sighed.

Afterwards I knew her throughly,
And she loved me staunchly, truly,
Till she died;
But she never made confession
Why, at that first sweet concession,
She had sighed.

It was in our May, remember;
And though now I near November,
And abide
Till my appointed change, unfretting,
Sometimes I sit half regretting
That she sighed.

* * * * * * *

And this last one is for some young fellows I know... and you will know who you are (hint: bare feet and ponytails).

Delight in Disorder
by Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness.
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction;
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthralls the crimson stomacher;
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbons to flow confusedly;
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat;
A careless shoestring, in whose tie
I see a wild civility;
Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.

1 comment:

Nomos said...

Ah! How can words express? My heart is in raptures over these poems!

...not really. But there was a tingling sensation in there somewhere. Seriously, though, these poems are excellent.

I like the Herrick poem the best, I think, although the one about the incessantly sighing lover came in a close second.