Monday, May 25, 2015

Three Poems about Love

May is a month of love and I would like to celebrate it with three of my poems, written several years ago.

Music to accompany the poems: Liebestraum No. 3 (Franz Liszt)

                                                          Der Augen-Blick

                                                   The moment is a rapture
                                                                   of two selves,
                                                                             in unison,
                                                                                     yet separately ―

                                                    While both pretend,
                                                                that neither
                                                                         has witnessed
                                                                                     the event.

                                                            Die Gelassenheit

                                                       Love is about protecting
                                                       each other’s solitude,

                                                                                     said Rilke.
                                                       Love is about watching the other blossom
                                                                           without needing to be a part of it ―

                                                      Love is about
                                                               loving the self in the other,
                                                                          about loving the other in the self,
                                                                                       and about overcoming the need
                                                                                                                 to fuse the two.
                                                      Love is about nurturing
                                                                   the otherness of the other,
                                                                                and the uniqueness of the self.

                                                      Above all,
                                                               love is about letting go,
                                                                          so that you and I can go our separate,
                                                                                        yet mutually interested ways ―
                                                                                                                            in peace,
                                                                                                                            in Gelassenheit.

                                                                   Can you do it?
                                                                             Can I do it?


                                                                 We must not delay loving people;
                                                                 they depart ever so quickly...