THE POETIC HEART
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP POEMS
SONG LYRICS AND QUOTES
"Even a small star shines in the darkness."
- Finnish Proverb
‘Never pain to tell thy love’ By William Blake
Never pain to tell they love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
I told my love, I told my love.
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold in ghastly fears -
Ah, she doth depart.
Soon as she was gone from me
A traveller came by
Silently, invisibly -
O, was no deny.
"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see each other whole against the sky." - Rainer Maria Rilke
All who joy would win
Must share it, -
Happiness was born a Twin
- Lord Byron: Don Juan
"Love, you know, seeks to make happy rather than to be happy." - Ralph Connor
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. - William Butler Yeats
"Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness." —Oliver Wendell Holmes
Two such as you with such a master speed
Cannot be parted nor swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.
- Robert Frost
“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.” - Mother Teresa
"And when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other's sight even for a moment." - Plato
“This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.” - Author Unknown
“Two persons love in one another the future good which they aid one another to unfold.” - Margaret Fuller
“Even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.” - Kahlil Gibran
“Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbours as being very much.” - Zola Neale Hurston
“You can wish you were in love, but you have to wait until the object of your affection knocks on your door.” - Angelica Huston
“Love just doesn’t sit there, like a stone, it has to made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new.”
- Ursula K. Le Guin
“If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.”
- Katherine Mansfield
“Love is not love until love’s vulnerable.”
- Theodore Roethke
From Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems by Alice Walker
I have learned not to worry about love;
but to honour its coming
with all my heart.
To examine the dark mysteries
of the blood
with headless heed and
to know the rush of feelings
swift and flowing
The source appears to be
within our twin and triple
the new face I turn up
no one else on earth
A SAILORS” VALENTINE
The picture on the cardboard box
Was colourful with varied shells
That blossomed into shapes atop
A vase composed of them as well --
And promised that we might combine
Those pieces in a Valentine.
The task seemed hopeless for a week,
So like in form and hue were they --
Those thousand jigsaw fragments pieced
Across the table as we framed
The borders with the whole in mind,
To build our Sailors’ Valentine.
For so it seemed to us, and still
A prudent way to deal with things
Appears, that if we only built
The outer pieces in a ring
About the empty space, we’d find
The clue to shape our Valentine.
What lonely seamen, far from home,
Collected on each foreign shore
Sea shells cast up like shipwrecks thrown
Upon the mercies of the Lord,
Assembling thus in their free time
Such gifts to please their Valentines?
From swaying crow’s nest, staring hard
Across the sea’s relentless foam
For signs of hope upon the far
Horizon—sweethearts, friends and home-
A sailor learns to bide his time:
For patience molds his Valentine.
Then one by one and two by two,
As we relaxed our straining heads,
The fractured bits began to fuse,
And out of chaos soon was wed
Our loves together, in designs
That formed a Sailors’ Valentine.
But now this puzzle which has seen
Its purpose, and beguiled the hours
With light and pleasant industry,
Lies disassembled, with its flowers’
Petals to heap resigned:
Alas, our shattered Valentine!
Yet one more puzzle do we piece,
And then another, till the one
That best reveals the Love we see
We can conjoin and them be done--
Life’s cast-off shells to leave behind:
Our mystic Sailors’ Valentine.
Lee Evans © 2012
“True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld
“How alike are the groans of love to those of the dying.”
- Malcolm Lowry
“How do you know Love has gone? If you said you would be there at seven and you get there by nine, and he or she has not called the police yet—it’s gone.”
- Marlene Dietrich
“Those who have the courage to love should have the courage to suffer.” - Anthony Trollope
“ The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.” - W. Somerset Maugham