Treasure Island

Harley White


Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder


Out of sight is out of mind...
Fly-by-nights say so, although
Multitudes of people find
That distance makes the missing grow.

When united heart to heart,
Couples amorous concur
Neither wants to be apart
From one another, him or her.

Husbands, wives, all those who share
Timeless vows— not to squander—
Know that, if they truly care,
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Love should not be thought of tritely
Or be crushed by grasping tightly.
It's a feeling honored rightly.
Lovers never take it lightly.

Poets, songsters through the ages,
Dramatists for scenic stages,
Novelists, the saints, and sages
Have devoted endless pages...

Yet still in bemusement ponder
Why— their flights of wonder wander
High above love's bluest yonder—
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Submitted: Saturday, December 22, 2012

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