Margaret Alice

Rookie - 3 Points (The Crystal Age / Pretoria - South Africa)

Hedonism Is Never Enough 6.24.08 - Poem by Margaret Alice

Reading Irving Wallace; Anne de Lenclos known as
Ninon was a courtesan who chose her own lovers
offering instruction in the art of love-making; never
told her son she was his mother; he fell in love with
her; when she told him of their kinship;
he committed suicide.

She expressed her bitterness in such terrible terms,
it feels like overwhelming grief forever: “If I were told
I had to go over again the life I have led, I would hang
myself tomorrow” – and though an old friend told her:

“I consider you the happiest creature that ever was.
You have been loved by the most honorable men
in the world, and have loved often enough to have
nothing untasted in pleasures…” *

Hedonism wasn’t enough; the sadness of her words
is overwhelming; this is what a life without a single
dedicated relationship meant in the end; she never
brought up her own son; never knew a single focus;
in spite of her popularity and beauty - hedonism
is never enough…

* Irving Wallace 'The Nympho' Corgi,1973, p.30

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, June 29, 2009

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