Journey to Love1955The whole process is a lie,unless,crowned by excess,
It break forcefully,one way or another,from its confinement-
or find a deeper well.Antony and Cleopatrawere right;
they have shownthe way. I love youor I do not live
at all.Daffodil timeis past. This issummer, summer!
the heart says,and not even the full of it.No doubts
are permitted-though they will comeand may
before our timeoverwhelm us.We are only mortal
but being mortalcan defy our fate.We may
by an outside chanceeven win! We do notlook to see
jonquils and violetscome againbut there are,
still,the roses!Romance has no part in it.The business of love iscruelty which,
by our wills,we transformto live together.
It has its seasons,for and against,whatever the heart
fumbles in the darkto asserttoward the end of May.
Just as the nature of briarsis to tear flesh,I have proceeded
through them.Keepthe briars out,
they say.You cannot liveand keep free of
briars.Children pick flowers.Let them.Though having them
in handthey have no further use for thembut leave them crumpled
at the curb's edge.At our age the imaginationacross the sorry factslifts us
to make rosesstand before thorns.Sure
love is crueland selfishand totally obtuse-
at least, blinded by the light,young love is.But we are older,
I to loveand you to be loved,we have,
no matter how,by our wills survivedto keep
the jeweled prizealwaysat our finger tips.
We will it soand so it ispast all accident.
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