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8.29.05 A new submission! Thanks!

by Algernon Charles Swinburne
When the game began between them for a jest,
He played the king and she played queen to match the best;
Laughter soft as tears, and tears that turned to laughter,
These were things she sought for years and sorrowed after.

Pleasure with dry lips and pain that walks by night;
All the sting and all the stain of long delight;
These were things she knew not of, that knew not of her,
When she played at half a love with half a lover.

Time was chorus, gave them clues to laugh or cry;
They would kill, befool, amuse him, let him die;
Set him webs to weave to-day and break to-morrow,
Till he died for good in play, and rose in sorrow.

What the years mean; how time dies and is not slain;
How love grows and laughs and cries and wanes again;
These were things she came to know and take their measure,
When the play was played out so for one man's pleasure.


Red Contempla #6

"You're just a wave, you're not the water" ~Butch Hancock

Often insightful when wandering
fearful while still
but stop anyway
and consider
expanding concentric fear rings
parts of psyche that resemble towns on map
I'm loathe to re-visit
traveled through so long ago
dream-like sequences
memories surface
fear sparkles like new snow
chilling yet poignant

Allowing it all back in
sees answer
and speaks to BRAIN:

HEART continues:
"What does the object of your fear mirror within you?
Therein lies your answer
and your liberation from fear."
BRAIN replies: "Thank you, HEART
Now I'll resume my wandering."

2002 by Margaret

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