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The Dream and the Drive

I have watched women's hopes of men 
and seen them fall away bit by bit.
I have watched  their love fade 
in the way that the freshness of morning 
dribbles to death in the hard dry heat of noon.

I have watched dreams of friendship and sharing die 
in the emptiness of two separate souls
both designed to procreate 
but one wanting to spread the seed to many vessels
the other to make a warm safe home.

Even though both obey a primal call
The male drive to spread excitement and exploration 
must mix with romantic care and dreams.
Then this thing that women give is sacrificed 
to the hot cauldron of man driven by sex and pride

And in our age we all look back
and see this thing and watch the dieing of the hope
in the brightness of the youth
 and watch it move into the brittle
truce of aged man and woman.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2014 4:43:00 PM

    I loved this poem Paddi. filled with truth, us men don't come out too well in it, but you have written it the way it is. I have found that with persistence love blooms beautifully in the winter years. my marriage is proof of this. Beautifully written, my friend
  1. Date: 4/20/2014 4:28:00 PM

    riveting write, paddi.... an exposition of truth well designed by your pen ; beautiful!.. huggs
  1. Date: 4/20/2014 2:42:00 PM

    Hi Paddi - oh i especially love the line about wanting to spread the seed to many vessels - such a clever write and sadly it is so true in society and in the lives of many. Hugs Jan
  1. Date: 4/20/2014 1:51:00 PM

    - A safe, caring and loving man ..... one to share life with - Those who seek ... will find .... - A great poem Paddi - thanks for the nice words on my last poem. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

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