Melpomene's Tears

Janus - Poem by Melpomene's Tears

four alphabets that can spell
the destruction of a soul
the very redemption of humankind
found in nooks and crannies
in this twisted topsy turvey grain of sand
that circles the sun
builds civilizations to the peak of the stars
and brings them down crashing to dust

traceable in a mother's voice
detectable in a father's grip
felt in a brother's care
secured in a sister's embrace
seen in a lover's eyes
exhaled wiith a soldier's last breath
forever enfolded in God's compassion.

caressed by the need to kill in a murderer
handled by a thief to satisfy his greed
manipulated by mother in laws
husbands, wives, children and politicians
borne by the poor
trampled by the rich

mighty and terrible
tender and sweet
seen in all
shapes and sizes
tiny and large
twisted and pure

conquers all
and in it's wake
there be light and shadows
born of its warped and wondrous power.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Janus was a ancient Roman god who was said to have two faces. One for war, another for peace. Got me thinking that 'love' is a two faced creature, it depends on which face you're looking at.

Comments about Janus by Melpomene's Tears

  • Ruth Fumble (2/10/2013 10:46:00 AM)

    its written beatifully. January was named after this roman god.2 faces 1 to look at the past and the other the future.
    but overall awesome poem. :)
    p.s i was born in january.
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  • Sharon Vincent (2/10/2013 4:18:00 AM)

    Makes you feel all toasty then switches to cold then toasty again...... If love really is two-faced, then make sure you're looking at the right one. (Report) Reply

  • Sharon Vincent (2/10/2013 4:10:00 AM)

    Truly, professionally writen. Makes you think twice about the true meaning of L-O-V-E...... Splendid read. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 9, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 14, 2013

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