Mary Havran

Rookie (1950 / Ohio)

. Late Of Love - Poem by Mary Havran

Love came late
Or, I came late to Love

There I’ve said it.

For years
I averted my eyes
From lacy Valentines in stores
And bouquets wrapped in cellophane
Tied with pink satin bows

Love was
a four letter word
Unspoken
Never dared
Not even in a whisper
Whispers belonged to lovers

Love Shined
Brightly in the spotlights
On wedding couples dancing
Love Glowed
Softly in the Moonlight
Flickering of candlelight
On tables where
Lovers dined

Love inhabited the fringes
I did not get to hold it
Only brush against it briefly
In the homes of those
Who had already
Heard it knocking
On their hearts

I did not look for Love
I did not hide from Love
I did not wait for Love
Perhaps I did not even
Hope for Love

Love came late
Not shouting
Not leaping
Not looking to move mountains
Only tapping softly on my shoulder
As I tapped away
at my keyboard

Love came late
But bringing with it all
Love ever had to offer
Asking only
For my open heart


Comments about . Late Of Love by Mary Havran

  • (4/19/2008 8:46:00 PM)

    Love can be elusive as a butterfly they say, but when it lands on or near you what a beautiful sight! Enjoyed this one very much. (Report)Reply

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  • K. V. Venkataramana (4/5/2008 4:21:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem on 'Love'. I enjoyed reading this. (Report)Reply

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  • Res John Burman (4/1/2008 5:32:00 AM)

    Quite quite lovely, Mary, Kudos (Report)Reply

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  • Alison Mary Dunn (3/27/2008 1:00:00 PM)

    Beautiful, beautiful. My heart is open to this lovely peace of poetry, thank you Mary. Ally x (Report)Reply

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  • (3/26/2008 11:24:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful. On a deeper level, I appreciate both the sincerity and openness of heart revealed in this write. That is what distinguishes skillful handling of language from poetry born of human experience and essence. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2008 8:07:00 AM)

    MAY I
    SO LIVE THE LIFE OF LOVE
    THIS DAY
    THAT ALL THOSE
    WITH WHOM
    I HAVE ANYTHING TO DO AT ALL
    MAY BE AS CONVINCED
    THAT
    LOVE IS IN THIS WORLD
    AS THEY
    ARE OF THE SUNLIGHT AND RAIN.
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  • (3/18/2008 3:19:00 AM)

    This is beautiful Mary.. (Report)Reply

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  • K. V. Venkataramana (3/6/2008 10:23:00 PM)

    This is an excellent poem which deserves to read by every fellow-poet. Congrats to the author!

    Dr K.V.Venkataramana
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  • (3/6/2008 1:00:00 AM)

    I love this poem, beautifully written Mary! (Report)Reply

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  • (3/4/2008 8:02:00 PM)

    very nice poem and great imagery (Report)Reply

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  • (2/28/2008 10:44:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. Love is always on the outskirts of our mind, waiting to be taken seriously. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/24/2008 3:20:00 AM)

    You finally did it...brought tears to my eyes...must have caught me off-guard. Beautifully done Mary...Coach (Report)Reply

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  • (2/20/2008 3:23:00 PM)

    This is such a Great Powerful poem that I too can sort of relate to...well alot of it for sure.You hold your readers interest and make them want to hear your conclusion about 'Love' whether it come late or truly at all. A wonderful heartfelt piece of work.10/10.
    Thanx for sharing this piece Mary.....Have a wonderful day =)
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  • (2/15/2008 11:19:00 PM)

    did not look for Love
    I did not hide from Love
    I did not wait for Love
    Perhaps I did not even
    Hope for Love

    Harks back to the haunting tunes of 'comfortably numb'! Plugging a line from “Field of Dreams” that sometimes you come this close to your dream and then it brush past you like a stranger in the crowd. I think those fringes those spaces those outfields doggedly hold on to such permanent absences.

    Truly felt piece-thanks
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  • (2/14/2008 12:44:00 PM)

    Beautiful work, Mary. It must be real love that has inspired it. I especially love the incantatory form you've used, 'Late... Late... Late... ' and 'Love came.... ' - the repetion is very moving and takes us along with it so gracefully. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/11/2008 4:58:00 PM)

    Wonderful Mary.....
    I was just on my way!
    Pipped again at the bloody post!
    *winks*
    Rogerx.
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  • (2/9/2008 2:45:00 PM)

    Beautiful. Thanks for the expression.

    Anemone
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  • (2/7/2008 3:21:00 PM)

    Mary, I am glad I came to visit and stay for a while. Another excellent poem. I felt like that when I was twenty five, thinking love would maybe not come my way, but it did eventually. Top marks and thanks for sharing this my friend.
    David
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  • (2/6/2008 10:12:00 AM)

    Another beatiful write and another interesting person to read and will read more 10 Chris (Report)Reply

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  • (2/6/2008 3:29:00 AM)

    Love inhabited the fringes..................lovely
    This soft and gentle poem is very powerful.
    Thank you for such a beautiful idea, beautifully expressed.
    Martin
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 2, 2008



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