Hannington Mumo

Silver Star - 3,506 Points (17th November 1987 / Kenya)

Late Love - Poem by Hannington Mumo

Are you the Aphrodite of the Greek tales
Or the Artemis who admirers drooling sent?
No, for Aphrodite had her little flaws
And Artemis the fortunes of Orion bent.

Nor are you the stunning star that the Magi led.
For the over-told story of the Magi is as old as dirt
But your drowsy rounded eyes look so cunning fresh;
The kind of tools that the will men pervert.

The famous Ishtar cannot be your match
For she lured with looks in order to kill;
And Inanna may have tried to rival you a bit
Had she not given in to Dumuzi’s antique skill.

And tired of prating about deities, I now must say I love you.
I know that time is so much gone, and so is my chance;
The remote luck I thought I stood some years gone
Must now be as extinct as the Pyrenean Ibex of ancient France.

Some mate told me you vowed the holy nuptials yesteryear,
The twines that no God-fearing mortal should ever sever.
I neither want to lose you, - I’d rather lose myself;
Nor do I want to incur the curse that condemns forever.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and loss

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Of some gal I have always loved but never had the luck to court...

Comments about Late Love by Hannington Mumo

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/26/2015 10:36:00 AM)

    History! Nice work with the muse of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • Kewayne Wadley (12/24/2015 8:17:00 AM)

    I love the originality shown here.
    A brillant show of emotion.
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  • Dr.subhendu Kar (11/30/2015 1:55:00 PM)

    Quite compelling write surcharged with emotion by the unique imagery and metaphors, well crafted,10+, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Sofia Kioroglou (11/26/2015 8:30:00 AM)

    A well-crafted poem indeed! Beautiful imagery and sublime expression! (Report) Reply

  • Darlene Walsh (8/9/2015 8:30:00 PM)

    I love the mythical references. A love that never was, beautifully expressed in wonderful images. (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (6/26/2015 1:48:00 AM)

    Oh this is so beautiful, I love the strong emotional intent and your word usage is phenomenal..... (Report) Reply

  • Vi Nhat Thuy (6/18/2015 9:26:00 AM)

    thanks for sharing the poem. I love the way it's written, the words you used - for i will have a lots to learn. Yet, I find it beautifully done. Nhatthuyvi (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (6/13/2015 9:04:00 AM)

    I'd rather lose myself.....such strong emotion, and such a real feeling announcer! Brave in your bold testimony of a great love, gone to another. Beautiful. PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (6/7/2015 8:11:00 AM)

    Your choice of words is spellbinding with very inspired lines that are captivating! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (4/24/2015 7:04:00 AM)

    Your poem is full of sweet and adoring words. Late love
    is better than none at all. patiently waiting. Lovely.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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