Donald Justice

(12 August 1925 - 6 August 2004 / Miami / Florida)

Love's Stratagems


All these maneuverings to avoid
The touching of hands,
These shifts to keep the eyes employed
On objects more or less neutral
(As honor, for time being, commands)
Will hardly prevent their downfall.

Stronger medicines are needed.
Already they find
None of their strategems have succeeded,
Nor would have, no,
Not had their eyes been stricken blind,
Hands cut off at the elbow.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Monday, June 03, 2013

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  • Rookie Catherine Cohen (6/13/2007 4:22:00 AM)

    John Irving in his book Hotel New Hampshire was responsible for introducing me to Donald Justice. I love his poetry. irving used several in his book but my favourite was this one. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie C H Hendry (1/2/2007 10:49:00 AM)

    stratagems, not strategems. Sorry to point this out but.. you might care. (Report) Reply

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