Two Hearts Dancing on the Rainbow of Life by Kelly Athena
by Kelly Athena
Our coupling feels like
a soft faded pair of jeans
a favorite Beatles song
a cup of soup on a cold day
a fire in the hearth
keeping the room warm
Why should I settle for this
when I could wear a flowing new wardrobe
hear brand new songs
taste exotic flavors
feel the blazing wildfire of new passion
burning beyond the restrictive bounds
of this rational little world of ours
But how long would it take the wildfire
to burn out and fade away into smoke
leaving spindly seedlings trying to poke up
through the ashes of the bare forest floor
which had been thick and green
for such a long time
I remember we were a wildfire once
before the snoring, burping,
familiarity took over
I think I’ll throw some new logs on the fire
to keep the hearth burning bright
Then we’ll sit back in twin recliners
sip hot tea
watch an old movie and laugh
I haven’t settled
I’ve settled in
~Kelly AthenaFirst Place Winner in Artella Poetry Contest
Love Poem by Kahlil Gibran
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind
lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest
branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their
clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire,
that you may become sacred bread for Gods sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know
the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge
become a fragment of Life's heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love's
peace and loves pleasure,
then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of loves threshing- floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh,
but not all of your laughter,
and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself
and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say,"God is in my heart,"
but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love,
if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires,
let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook
that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate loves ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart
and a song of praise upon your lips.
~Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
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