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Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper

Youngstown, Ohio
Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper
Youngstown, Ohio
Monday, March 10, 2008

Choosing

Rating: 3.6
All that exists is worthy of love
For all that exist is life
And life is worthy of love
If it be worthy of anything

But in love you do not choose,
ask for credentials or measure distances

To choose one thing among many is to reject more
than you choose

You must pity the poor connoisseur
who must weigh and measure, beauty
by the pound and the line
and the color

While life like quicksilver
runs out throughtheir fingers:

Heart if you will listen
I can assure you that this is not the way
of the lover...

To love is not to choose;
art objects are chosen
furnishings for the house
as are appointments for the table,

such exotics gathered by rejection have not love but only an obscure
and ephemeral affection
Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper
Topic(s) of this poem: blank verse
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COMMENTS
Greenwolfe 1962 12 July 2008
This poem is very understandable and worthy of a philosophers pen. GW62
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