. Late Of Love Poem by Mary Havran

. Late Of Love

Rating: 4.5

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
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

Janice Windle 14 February 2008

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.

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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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Shelley L Baxter-stanley 20 February 2008

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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Coach Roth 24 February 2008

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

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Al Ramos 28 February 2008

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

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Who Iam 19 April 2008

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.

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K. V. Venkataramana 05 April 2008

Beautiful poem on 'Love'. I enjoyed reading this.

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Res John Burman 01 April 2008

Quite quite lovely, Mary, Kudos

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Alison Mary Dunn 27 March 2008

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

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James Walbourne 26 March 2008

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.

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