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Cupid Have Mercy

Updated on March 3, 2011

Cupid, Have Mercy!

When Cupid's arrow is poised to fly

to pierce the heart that has caught his eye,

Love springs forth as a flowing well

to gush or trickle, only Time will tell.

I now realize, in unsated Truth

what I failed to see in my prime and youth...

I may be the master of mine own fate

Where the road I choose, my destinies wait.

Oh, I can select my choice, fallow field...

Yet against Cupid's arrow there is no such shield.

My heart, it wanders wherever it will

Ever seeking Love's nectar to have its fill.

Laughing at danger in spite of disguise,

With no mortal defense when the arrow, it flies.

No choice or control is for me to be had...

Cupid's own choice, be it happy or sad,

Is Cupid's decision and surely not mine

For reasons unknown but to Powers divine.

Once wounded by arrow from Cupid's young bow,

Love's mystery potion my heart will hence know.

It, then, listens not to what wisdom may tell,

Intent upon sipping from Cupid's own well.

Yes, I'm at the mercy of a myth's fleeting yen,

My heart's hapless yearning to Love, yet again,

To risk promised pain of its slated demise,

With burning desire, is on watch, yet not wise.

Cupid, be kind to this old holy heart...

Aim here not your arrow. I am weary. Depart!

Seek elsewhere your target and leave me in peace,

That the insatiable thirst of your nectar will cease!

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      That is truly a compliment of the highest order, Nicky! You have made my day, my week, and perhaps my year, My Dear! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!! Come for a visit any time!

    • Nicky Bantham profile image


      7 years ago

      Having taught English for many years, I wonder why poetry like this, never made the textbooks?Surely my students would have enjoyed this more than Sylvia Plath or Elizabeth Bishop??You have a natural talent for writing!!Beautiful indeed!!!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Awwww Janet, thanks so much! It means alot to me that you come visit my hubs!

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      janet bostrom 

      7 years ago

      Another great one! So true,too! Really enjoyed this!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Janeal, I am so pleased that you stopped by and liked my poem. I am thrilled to have met you here and I will surely share my first painting with you. I have dabbled a bit with painting, but the problem has been that I am hard to satisfy, when it comes to my own work...easy to please in most all other areas but a tough critic of my own stuff...but your encouragement means alot! Im gonna give it a go!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks, Wayne! Cupid can surely be incorrigible, but I am fond of the little scamp! "Come back, now, ya hear?"

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      Janeal Mulaney 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub it is really good, like I said, you can paint. Just pick up any brush and as long as you like it. It is good. I redo half of mine before I'm done with it, but I've learned what works for someone else does not always work for others, just like in writing, the only person you have to be true to is yourself. Can't wait to see your first painting.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      That Cupid's a bad boy but you wrote about him real good! Thanks for sharing! WB

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      O wow, Epigramman! I am Awe-struck and speechless and, my friend, that don"t happen often!!!

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ......and you have captured the essence of love so eloquently with this priceless poetic pondering .....of the endless searching soul and the curious probing mind.

      I also love your title - it shows great wit and verve ... and you give the art/the act of love a very special meaning!!!!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Rosie, you made my day! I thank you! My experiences with Cupid have been questionable at best, yet still my heart yearns to be pierced again! Makes little sense to me! Yup! Cupid, Have Mercy!

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      Rosie Rose 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Oh gf, this poem is sooo awesome. I agree with everything you say about Cupid... we never know when Cupid will hit. The heart dictates with whom we fall in love.

      Have a nice day!



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