ALAS! ALACK!

If there are twenty as beautiful as you,
Let me love them, and be twenty times untrue—
And be untrue to each of their charms,
Forty times untrue with their beautiful arms—

And as I kiss each beautiful back,
Their breasts cry, “alas, alack,”
Or as I sigh at the top of their head,
Their feet demand I love them instead;

I’ll be untrue in every eye,
Which envies the other, although nearby;
But there are none as beautiful as you.
I love the many. I am not untrue:

I love your thoughts, what your thoughts do,
Your wants, your needs; I love you, you, you.

3 Comments

  1. Ra-Deon said,

    August 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I see a lot of posts go without being commented. I am a frequent visitor of this site and I greatly appreciate all of you guys posts and work!
    It was early 2013 when I recognized the solace and pleasure I gain from poetry. Reading about Byron’s life in Robert Greene’s Art of Seduction is what initially sparked my interest. My fascination, and probably many others is with the poetry of the Romantics and now that I am seeing what the injustice of me not having read poetry from the Greeks up to Dante, I am soon to begin in reading them as well; starting with Pope’s two Homers!

    I want to thank you guys for your opinions and dedication to upholding the art of poetry!
    I also commend the artful lines that were composed in this post by Raphael!

    I will begin to comment more on this website to let you guys know you still have support, if at anytime there was doubt. I would deeply deplore the ending of this site and I wish that day to never appear!

    sincerely,

    Teriq’ ra Deon

    P.S.
    LONG LIVE POETRY!

    • thomasbrady said,

      August 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you, Teriq’.

      We have many readers, but it’s always good to have comments.

      Our posts are used in classrooms, we’re proud to say.

      Long live poetry, and the mysterious connection between poetry and love. Byron and the Romantics are indispensable models.

      Raphael is the painter of the Judgment of Paris.

      Thanks again!

      Tom

      • Ra-Deon said,

        August 28, 2014 at 12:03 am

        Wow. I have never really brooded over the connection, but now that you have brought it to my attention I can fully agree with the mysteriousness of it.

        And don’t I sound silly? :p I have yet to acquaintance myself with classical art but that will be my next fascination for sure. The selections you guys choose for posts are always brilliantly appropriate. Some art speaks louder words than poetry.

        your thanks is appreciated and so is your response Tom!

        TrD


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