The Dance of Love

Why does the sun go down
At the end of day?
Why do the stars go out
When the moon has splayed?
And why should the dance of lovers
Swing and sway?

Why do flowers wither
When butterflies fade?
Why do ripened fruits stale,
Tumble and decay?
And why should the dance the lovers
Enervate?

Why does a gentle brook
Rage down its cascades?
Why are mirrored waters
Dull and murky-grey?
And why should the dancers of love
Masquerade?

 

Colin Lee

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Bjorn is hosting dVerse Poetics tonight. The prompt is to “write poetry consisting only of questions”.

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    1. That’s so true, Bjorn. The first year of marriage did feel like seeing the real person (instead of the mind’s projection) for the very first time. This is one of my favourite prompts. Thank you, sir.

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    1. That “as if” isn’t an easy challenge. Not so sure about leaving it to chance — it’s one thing for a tentative dance partner, but another for whom you save the last dance. Hm.

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  1. Excellent use of the prompt, as your complex questions conjure divers responses & pondering. You seem to have several themes woven into the fabric of inquiry. Nice.

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    1. Thank you, sir. And you’re right. I intentionally dedicated one challenge to each stanza:
      i) vulnerability of promises;
      ii) perishability of passion;
      iii) indivisibility of personalities.

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  2. “Why are mirrored waters / Dull and murky-grey?
    And why should the dancers of love / Masquerade?”

    Murky grey and masquerade go well together. The reality of both produces the same end result. All of your poem offers us relationship in question.

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    1. With a willing correspondence like you, and if you don’t mind, I hope to take the chance to summarise my thoughts. I based this poem on three relationship challenges. Correlating with the stanzas, they are:
      i) Vulnerability of promises;
      ii) Perishability of passion;
      iii) Indivisibility of personalities.

      Personal flaws and unexpected hurdles oftentimes lead to compromises and disappointments (thus the swing and sway of intimacy), which must be overcome by a selfless commitment to the relationship and an unceasing flow of forgiveness. Only then is there renewal to the faltering passion (fading butterflies, stale fruits), keeping the relationship alive through its enervating winter. The third hurdle speaks of our sense of security. Any relationship that is buoyant is splish, splash, splosh all the way and not short on conflicts. Those who constantly look for self-approval (reflection from mirrored waters) do so only to find the marriage stagnant and gloomy. By ditching the masquerading pretence, we stay true to the two-become-one commitment and are therefore able to forgive and keep dancing.

      There goes my humble two cents.

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      1. Wow! Your humble two cents is a superior poetic analysis (and perhaps psychoanalysis) than I ever hope to receive online! Much of what you said came though in your poem. Yes, Colin, you are that good!

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      2. Thank you, my friend. I’m flattered. The poetics in this piece may not be one of my best, but I like it nonetheless for its intact analytics. 🙂

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