George Meredith

(12 February 1828 – 18 May 1909 / Portsmouth, England)

Modern Love XXVII: Distraction is the Panacea


Distraction is the panacea, Sir!
I hear my oracle of Medicine say.
Doctor! that same specific yesterday
I tried, and the result will not deter
A second trial. Is the devil's line
Of golden hair, or raven black, composed?
And does a cheek, like any sea-shell rosed,
Or clear as widowed sky, seem most divine?
No matter, so I taste forgetfulness.
And if the devil snare me, body and mind,
Here gratefully I score:--he seemèd kind,
When not a soul would comfort my distress!
O sweet new world, in which I rise new made!
O Lady, once I gave love: now I take!
Lady, I must be flattered. Shouldst thou wake
The passion of a demon, be not afraid.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: raven, passion, hair, sea, sky, world, rose

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Modern Love XXVII: Distraction is the Panacea by George Meredith )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Deep in my Soul, Jennifer Colyne Hall
  2. Orange Has A Shadow, Saiom Shriver
  3. I'm Screaming Inside, Jennifer Colyne Hall
  4. Wisdom, Forgiveness & Love., Tom Zart
  5. Not Divisive But Divine, Saiom Shriver
  6. Heart-Song of Mattie Stepanek*, Tushar Ray
  7. Singing Rain, Saiom Shriver
  8. Sometimes, Aslam Marikar
  9. The Confession, Aslam Marikar
  10. Resolutions, Gordon Ayisi
[Hata Bildir]