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Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

(July 12,1952 / New York City)

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Speak Of Love


Speak of Love and hearts afire soft unlayered mysteries
Bewitching captured enraptured, joyous or tortured souls
On the path one takes in every life since guiless Eve
seduced trusting Adam and lost innocence was replaced
by carnal knowledge and Eden's wise serpent hissing:
Mortal life is born, grows old and dies.Deities are created
and live forever! But what we share in common is LOVE!


The stars are watching long past the night
The Moon, the Sun touching the heavens to come back,
to relive the true testaments of monumental emotions
when morning dew and tranquil lake, the only witnesses
in the perfumed garden, until the nightingale breaks the silence.
Its love song floating, melting on the soft night wind.
Unfurling petals and flowering centers entice a nectar
offering their fragrance lost upon the scented breeze
then resurrects a certain glowing, carefree laughing spirit,
Ethereal Love's eternal dance from the Kama Sutra shines
when feelings of love flow as soft as Spring rain,
as gentle as the touch of entwined bodies in unison
contact forever in the moment's ecstasy of unparallel joy.

Aether's delicate Light Being: Eros, Cupid, Phanes, Ericapaeus
by any name the Love God is known seeks the equal
measurement of his Soul found in the perfect Psyche
Armor's butterfly wife whose heart and immortal fabled death
inspired beliefs that boundless love is never lost and Love
conquers all in the end.Love is all or nothing, is never indifferent
because love feels one way or the other beyond the starlit gate.

Then we speak of Love's reality and true alter- nature as it
touches Deities' and mortal hearts:
for when passions are raging in a torrential flood
and the assault of the soul's anguished tearing of the heart
broken when love isn't sated in return bears vengence
The impoverished fever burns as lust, as desires unquenched
turns hateful when spurned and in pain as Loves dual nature
slowly extinguishes the dying flames.
The spark survives until we can care again to ignite when passions play.

So I beseeched the great winged Eros: Speak to me of Love! ! ! !
Tell me what is true! Did you write The Book Of Love?
And do You collect all human works inspired by You?
Can your loving heart ease or send a balm that soothes
a long lost love? Can you return that lover to me?
Is there really a Love Bug?
Are we meant to love only one or everyone?
Does love bloom in the soul's garden ready to be picked
by the brave adventurer?
Are they the winners, those once bitten, willing to take another
spinning chance in Love's eternal game?
Is love at first sight true?
Does Love's deliberate philosophy set aquiver
Soul's burning arrow sent from the hopeful bow
to join two sides of the yearning heart as soulmates unite?

Sing of Love's eternal song fulfilled, tossed away or
as a storylined passion then bring its torch of burning light
to me and you to conquer, to feel, to know, to savor its power!
For love is the greatest mystery revealed to be cherished,
experienced and shared as the strongest of human emotions
forever touched by the wirling angelic wings of Love's living Heart
that buzzes and flys and breathes in the divinely inspired force and
Fate's enlightened thought that steers the stars and guides our golden universe.

O winged double-edged dagger plunging deep into my core then twist!
Leave a timeless message in its blows: despair, disbelief or infinite sustaining love
The one forbidden feeling You claim is sent from Your realm only to bring
tumultuous love sacrificing tempting love whose misty essence is beyond our
reach but touches the joyful heart or surrenders to in fear this gift
once promised faithfully and now returned unto the Angel's share!
Then speak of Love's fluttering butterfly soul and its heartfelt kiss
shot from the enraptured arrowed paradox that speaks of Love me
or love me not.


'O you mortal fool! 'cries the winged Deity' Don't hesitate! !
My arrows are true and fated'.And the coiled serpent hisses
'Look before you leap! Then if you are certain and sure reach for
the promised gift of Life's seed that calls to you from Paradise
and cherish the everblooming rosy fruit of Love that beats
in our hearts and souls entwined forevermore! '

Submitted: Friday, April 03, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/21/2014 3:49:00 AM)

    * Sunprincess * (12/10/2013 8: 54: 00 PM)
    oh my speaking of love....I have fallen in love with your poem...
    you have skillfully written a masterpiece and you made it look
    so easy...but I know this was not an easy task.... unless your
    muse was cupid himself...I absolutely love this poem.... in my
    honest opinion, you deserve more than member poem of the
    day...you deserve a gold medal :)

    Speak Of Love



    Speak of Love and hearts afire soft unlayered mysteries
    Bewitching captured enraptured, joyous or tortured souls
    On the path one takes in every life since guiless Eve
    seduced trusting Adam and lost innocence was replaced
    by carnal knowledge and Eden's wise serpent hissing:
    Mortal life is born, grows old and dies.Deities are created
    and live forever! But what we share in common is LOVE!


    The stars are watching long past the night
    The Moon, the Sun touching the heavens to come back,
    to relive the true testaments of monumental emotions
    when morning dew and tranquil lake, the only witnesses
    in the perfumed garden, until the nightingale breaks the silence.
    Its love song floating, melting on the soft night wind.
    Unfurling petals and flowering centers entice a nectar
    offering their fragrance lost upon the scented breeze
    then resurrects a certain glowing, carefree laughing spirit,
    Ethereal Love's eternal dance from the Kama Sutra shines
    when feelings of love flow as soft as Spring rain,
    as gentle as the touch of entwined bodies in unison
    contact forever in the moment's ecstasy of unparallel joy.

    Aether's delicate Light Being: Eros, Cupid, Phanes, Ericapaeus
    by any name the Love God is known seeks the equal
    measurement of his Soul found in the perfect Psyche
    Armor's butterfly wife whose heart and immortal fabled death
    inspired beliefs that boundless love is never lost and Love
    conquers all in the end.Love is all or nothing, is never indifferent
    because love feels one way or the other beyond the starlit gate.

    Then we speak of Love's reality and true alter- nature as it
    touches Deities' and mortal hearts:
    for when passions are raging in a torrential flood
    and the assault of the soul's anguished tearing of the heart
    broken when love isn't sated in return bears vengence
    The impoverished fever burns as lust, as desires unquenched
    turns hateful when spurned and in pain as Loves dual nature
    slowly extinguishes the dying flames.
    The spark survives until we can care again to ignite when passions play.

    So I beseeched the great winged Eros: Speak to me of Love! ! ! !
    Tell me what is true! Did you write The Book Of Love?
    And do You collect all human works inspired by You?
    Can your loving heart ease or send a balm that soothes
    a long lost love? Can you return that lover to me?
    Is there really a Love Bug?
    Are we meant to love only one or everyone?
    Does love bloom in the soul's garden ready to be picked
    by the brave adventurer?
    Are they the winners, those once bitten, willing to take another
    spinning chance in Love's eternal game?
    Is love at first sight true?
    Does Love's deliberate philosophy set aquiver
    Soul's burning arrow sent from the hopeful bow
    to join two sides of the yearning heart as soulmates unite?

    Sing of Love's eternal song fulfilled, tossed away or
    as a storylined passion then bring its torch of burning light
    to me and you to conquer, to feel, to know, to savor its power!
    For love is the greatest mystery revealed to be cherished,
    experienced and shared as the strongest of human emotions
    forever touched by the wirling angelic wings of Love's living Heart
    that buzzes and flys and breathes in the divinely inspired force and
    Fate's enlightened thought that steers the stars and guides our golden universe.

    O winged double-edged dagger plunging deep into my core then twist!
    Leave a timeless message in its blows: despair, disbelief or infinite sustaining love
    The one forbidden feeling You claim is sent from Your realm only to bring
    tumultuous love sacrificing tempting love whose misty essence is beyond our
    reach but touches the joyful heart or surrenders to in fear this gift
    once promised faithfully and now returned unto the Angel's share!
    Then speak of Love's fluttering butterfly soul and its heartfelt kiss
    shot from the enraptured arrowed paradox that speaks of Love me
    or love me not.


    'O you mortal fool! 'cries the winged Deity' Don't hesitate! !
    My arrows are true and fated'.And the coiled serpent hisses
    'Look before you leap! Then if you are certain and sure reach for
    the promised gift of Life's seed that calls to you from Paradise
    and cherish the everblooming rosy fruit of Love that beats
    in our hearts and souls entwined forevermore! '


    Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (12/10/2013 8:54:00 PM)

    oh my speaking of love....I have fallen in love with your poem...
    you have skillfully written a masterpiece and you made it look
    so easy...but I know this was not an easy task.... unless your
    muse was cupid himself...I absolutely love this poem.... in my
    honest opinion, you deserve more than member poem of the
    day...you deserve a gold medal :) (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (12/10/2013 12:56:00 AM)

    So rich, so vibrant, so poetically full, each stanza is a poem in itself.
    You honor Love as it should be honored, as it should be spoken of and felt,
    as life's deepest, greatest feeling. And if you are lucky enough to love and be loved, the passion, the happiness, the glory, all these will be yours. There is no happiness without or beyond true LOVE.
    Great poem, to read slowly and over and over. Each time you will discover another peal or pearls that
    make up it's Love-Ly necklace. (Report) Reply

  • David Mclansky (12/10/2012 7:34:00 AM)

    Speak not of love, my love long-winded,
    Lest in your rant, your grant’s rescinded,
    And for all my patience to this duress,
    I’d lose my chance to squeeze your breast (Report) Reply

  • Junepaulette Gasrel-tibbetts (7/15/2009 2:54:00 PM)

    I liked your poem for it's unique quality of 'reading like a play'....The drama of Love in the ancient of days.... Leading us to a fate that will never be allowed to escape us....It seems mankind is on the path of love and destruction because we cannot avoid it...
    Awesome poem....sis (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Cromer (7/1/2009 1:42:00 AM)

    This piece is amazing! I have to read it a few more times just to take in more of it. One reading is not enough. DC (Report) Reply

  • Existential Despair (6/7/2009 4:15:00 PM)

    I wanted to pick out a sentence to add to my comment to no fruition because i'd end up reposting your poem. This is truly a gifted write and easily made its way into mypoemlist. As I read I feared it would end to my relief it was thankfully long.worth a perfect score! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Harmon (4/17/2009 12:12:00 PM)

    Quite an accomplishment, Lorraine. A sustained effort, with a passionate focus on the subject of love. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (4/16/2009 11:14:00 PM)

    I commented on this fine work the other day, young lady...however, i see via your comment below, that you added to the piece after my read...So, i have once again read...and i remain pat on my initial reaction....A difficult write to stucturally negotiate, but you have...So, once again i say ''Job Well Done, indeed'''...

    F j R
    2009 (Report) Reply

  • Naidz Ladia (4/13/2009 8:01:00 PM)

    a beautiful piece..it is represented with many characters, , tho it is somewhat long but it doesn; t affect the flow of thoughts, , i like this..
    naizz (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/9/2009 12:22:00 PM)

    I have added more to this very complicated and wordy poem.It was this past week's obseesion and I felt like I was possessed by it.My ideas come slowly and hopefully it is finished to my specific ideals.Freeform isn't easy to write.Thank you for taking the time to read, rate and comment on this poem as it metamorphed from one or two incomplete ideas to perhaps the final write. (Report) Reply

  • Pablo Cruise (4/8/2009 11:52:00 AM)

    Dense capture of Love. Solid throughout, Lorraine. Forceful and focused............... (Report) Reply

  • Yelena M. (4/8/2009 1:31:00 AM)

    A truly epic ode of love! Rich language and thought-provoking ideas.Thanks for sharing, Lorraine!
    Keep on great work.
    A. (Report) Reply

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