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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Teen Poet--Poem #6


Blog Posted:2/8/2013 11:00:00 AM

SONNET AFTER CATULLUS
Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus…

John was classically educated and studied many of the Latin poets, among them was Gaius Catullus, a Roman poet who lived from 82 to 52 BC.  This Catullas quote means “Let us live, my Lesbia, and let us love”.  He used Lesbia (nothing to do with lesbian) as an alias to protect his real love Clodia.  I suspect that John Magee used this Sonnet with thoughts of his real love Elinor Lyon who was the headmaster’s daughter and a year older than he and the subject of most of John’s poems.  His love for her (as I’ve said, unrequited) is evident here.

Sweetheart, to live a life of careless love,

Unhurried by the vapidness of Age!

---To live, whether there’s sun or moon above

Content, within a lover’s tutelage;

To share the dreams of every tranquil night;

Ask nothing more than someone to adore;

So while we live, let kisses bring delight---

Kiss me a thousand times, --- a hundred more,

Again a thousand; may we never tire

Of showing outward signs of inward Love

To cool the burning flame of our desire!

And then, lest any envier reprove,

We’ll start again, no matter what the score,

---And lip to lip we’ll kiss evermore!

(Catie, I wish this kind of love for you)

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  1. Date: 2/8/2013 12:27:00 PM
    Did you see the reply I left to your comment on my poem? Thank you, for the best advice! What is that saying... I think it was Eisenhower who said it...."If you've been through Hell, keep going!" Why in the world would anyone turn back! Hugs, catie :) PS ~ You have brightened my day :)

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 2/8/2013 1:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) :) :)
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 2/8/2013 12:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Catie--Hush, you are never too old for love--never ever forget that!!
  1. Date: 2/8/2013 12:06:00 PM
    Oh....You are so sweet. (I just don't see it happening though.) Perhaps I am too old now, maybe all my chances have passed me by. But I will always come back to this blog, because your sweetness is irresistible. Thank you so much. Love and hugs, catie :)

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