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Heloise on Abelard

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Heloise on Abelard

These barren walls
Keep me chaste
Vows of silence
Diminish nothing of wanton passions of the past
Days in silence, looking upwards to God
Thoughts linger, to where true love lies

I toil in Gods works
Knees now as rocks
All of Gods floors, so clean
Daily rituals, in quiet do I share
Our virtues preserved, hidden from worldly sins
But I have loved, yes, and long I still do

Illusions of piety, they scare me not
Love stirs goodness, surely no sin
The days of eternal springs
Gardens so fresh, flowers in bloom
Hand in hand, with his intellect and charm
Beauty within, for we dared the philosophical

Arms and legs entwined, deep in thoughts
My professor of life, and thinker to all
He belonged to France
Nobility, and all
We parted in love, 
Who sees my tears, behind these walls?

Our reasoning lost to passions turn
He admits not, the love he yearns
His Order condemns, his inquisitive thoughts
He burns what he writes
Heretic or not
A leader of philosophy, a greatness in his time

A fate, that brings upon me guilt
His torture of manhood, he suffered much pain
Questioning his intellect, is love, his very brain
Each to our separate, Abbeys’ of god
Vows of silence, yet the ink flowed
Reliving now, what surely, should have been

A love so great, why considered a sin?
Has not this society, any compassion at all?
Learned I was in Latin and Hebrew
And so with the pen, letters did flow
And from afar, in pain, our love re-lived
Passions in ink, became again exposed

Alas he is older by a fortnight or many
He longed for love, yet he fights from within
His values, his passions, his life’s dedications
His soul has been burned, wounded by time
Ending his years, thinking seduction undone
Redemption shall be waiting, from the heavens above

My love Abelard, my tears you never saw
I was strong, as you gave me the strength to be
And I, was happy, knowing our desires shared
The angels will tell you, your fame will endure
For the greatest of all philosophies
Our love will be


Abelard and Heloise are one of the most celebrated couples of all time, known for their love affair... and for the tragedy that separated them.
Abelard (1079-1142)
Heloise (1101-1164)

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  1. Date: 7/15/2014 9:14:00 PM
    Allo, c'est Danae Genois. tu as un talent execptionelle!

  1. Date: 4/20/2014 5:10:00 AM
    :) I am not so familiar with the story though from your write I can sense that these lovers love is against all odds,..... so to be familiarized I did lil research.. :) sad moving prose........... ..., it's hard when the only one you are holding onto is love but it's even harder when that love is taken away by force and not by will....---olive eloisa... :)

  1. Date: 3/7/2013 9:01:00 PM
    Absolutely hauntingly sad and beautiful at the same time. What a sad, sad story they had. You have truly captured the essence of their tragedy with the excellent flow of your gloriously, penned words

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/7/2013 9:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank so much, very kind of you! :)
  1. Date: 3/4/2013 11:10:00 PM
    Arthur, I read the book about 20 years ago and was greatly impressed by their story. It is my favorite love story of all time, more tragic than Romeo and Juliet because Heloise, at least, endured torture of her love until he died. I pray they are together now and that they now see their folly in denying their love!

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/5/2013 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you enjoyed, This tale int as well known as Romeo and Juliet for sure, one of the reasons I decided to write about it!!
  1. Date: 3/4/2013 11:10:00 PM
    and GREAT writing too.

  1. Date: 3/4/2013 12:27:00 PM
    Beyond excellent, Arthur! One of the greatest love story, if not the greatest! The teachings of the very one in whose name the church claimed to worship never recognized true love...the error continues to day...Love is all....true love, pure and simple. Love this! Always, Annalise. Thank you for reading my poem.

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/5/2013 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you enjoyed it!!
  1. Date: 3/4/2013 10:37:00 AM
    Magnificent my friend! You have captured their tragedy so well with excellent phrasing imagery, occasional rhyming and flow. A masterpiece! Best wishes, Keith

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/5/2013 4:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you kindly sir!!
  1. Date: 3/3/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Arthur a very clever write...David

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/5/2013 4:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you David, much appreciated