Armmina Liberté Maclang
From A Gentleman To A Lady - Poem by Armmina Liberté Maclang
To a lady, from a gentleman, this letter here remains a myth
For the lady to whom it was addressed never knew what this man meant with:
“Salutations, fairest maiden of my incomprehensible dreams,
Do not be frightened by this message, no matter how odd it seems.
I would like to inform you of my immense affection
For a lady such as yourself. Miss, I hope not for rejection.
As my love for you grows greater, I only follow now your road.
Ah! My heart is beating faster now, for it is ‘bout to explode.
“This secret concealed within my being, I cannot hold much longer!
My uncontrollable feelings for you are growing so much stronger!
Mountain, valley, sea and sky—greater than anything before
Is my love for you, dear lady, But I ask for something more.
But sadly, what I am asking for is not even nearly plausible.
The statements “we” or “you and me” are obviously impossible.
“But my heart, I cannot send right now to this fiery cremation.
I hereby plan to finish first this complicated declaration:
Dear lady, I am your Alighieri, Dante, and you are my Portinari, Beatrice!
And my great love for you, dear maiden, it shall never, ever cease!
But you will remain my unrequited love, my sweet, untouchable flow’r.
I am afraid it shall remain this way until my final hour.”
For the gentleman’s heart and soul but then was misshapen and was bent
That this declaration of his affection here remains unsent.
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