Beyond Fears and Tears: An Example of a Love Poem
Poems can be a catharsis to help alleviate fears surrounding love that may have built up in our lives. Whether you are are the reader or the poet, sometimes it's about leaving behind the fears we have built up in our minds. Then again, there are times when it is just too overwhelming to be ignored. Poetry is the perfect platform for expressing a myriad of emotions, no matter the emotion; fear or joy, sadness or horror, adulation or hatred.
Poetry is from the gut, whether it is dramatic poem extolling the victories of war or a love poem or a poem about depression, sorrow and longing. Poetry is both the escape and the captor.
An audience can be enthralled by the beauty of the words in poetry. That same audience can be brought to its feet proclaiming justice and victory. Poems are companions, to be learned and recited at the darkest hour or in the joy of dawn. The resulting poem is not always the writer's choice, but it is always the writer's labor.
Beyond Fears and Tears
Are you destined to wallow in a lake of fears
All the while facing a wall of tears
That threaten to overwhelm -
To drag you to its darkest realm?
Lose your dreams, bit by bit,
And abandon yourself to drowning in an endless pit,
Swept into a blurred vortex of sedition,
One made complicated by abject contrition.
You are surrounded by darkest of hearts
So cold, love has not even a chance to start.
How can you - why should you - reach out?
Is falling in love a task left only for the most devout?
Can you ever hope to scale
Love in the face of such coldness that it leaves you spent and pale?
Yet, when you look in his eyes you know
Never to abandon love's quest, no, let yourself fall deeper, pulled by the strongest undertow.
© Cynthia Turner 2013.
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