Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Love Poem


Today a poem I can relate to -- I had a version of the experience -- a meeting after nearly 30 years although the emotional content was different, in fact, much more romantically satisfying. Still I was happy to find a poem on this subject which probably happens more often than younger people realize. The poet is Denise Levertov (1923-1997) who has written other strong poems that speak strongly to me.

A WOMAN MEETS AN OLD LOVER

He with whom I ran hand in hand
kicking the leathery leaves down Oak Hill path
thirty years ago

appeared before me with anxious face, pale
almost unrecognized, hesitant,
lame.

He whom I cannot remember hearing laugh out loud
but see in mind's eye smiling, self-approving,
wept on my shoulder.

He who seemed always
to take and not give,
who took me so long to forget,

remembered everything I had so long forgotten.

3 comments:

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Oh My! I love that poem. How many of us does that touch.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

June -- I've been looking for him for years -- over 50 some years ago we were childhood sweethearts and now I think he is gone. Nice poem. -- barbara

June Calender said...

That's sad, Barbara. For many of us who live long enough, I think this poem plinks a heart string, as it seems to for Diane.