Saturday, January 30, 2010

"To Earthward" by Robert Frost

 This poem is the fifth installment in the series Love Poems & Other Paraphernalia in honor of the Love at First Sight Blogfest, which will be held on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010.

"To Earthward" by Robert Frost

Love at the lips was touch
As sweet as I could bear;
And once that seemed too much;
I lived on air

That crossed me from sweet things, 
The flow of - was it musk
From hidden grapevine springs
Down hill at dusk?

I had the swirl and ache
From sprays of honeysuckle
That when they're gathered shake
Dew on the knuckle.

I craved strong sweets, but those 
Seemed strong when I was young;
The petal of the rose
It was that stung.

Now no joy but lacks salt
That is not dashed with pain
And weariness and fault;
I crave the stain

Of tears, the aftermark
Of almost too much love,
The sweet of bitter bark
And burning clove.

When stiff and sore and scarred
I take away my hand 
From leaning on it hard
In grass and sand,

The hurt is not enough:
I long for weight and strength
To feel the earth as rough
To all my length.
- Robert Frost


AVY said...

I have a hard time believing in love at first sight.

Courtney Reese said...

I think it depends on the person. I fell for my fiance at "first sight" but my cousin would NEVER go for something like that.
Thanks for the comment!

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