Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 25,549 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Love Alters Not - Poem by Gert Strydom

(after William Shakespeare)

Let me state with all of humankind
as my witness, that love is more than bliss,
is much more than the drawing of a kiss,
it does no error or any change find,

it is true to the body, soul and mind,
in the simple things of each day it is
and all other allures it does dismiss,
much stronger than life, pass death it does bind,

burns with a kind of eternal hot flame
which wanders not within time, months or weeks,
its acts, its words continually does bloom,
in hardship it does not find any blame,
eternally sincerity it seeks,
it stays true, even at the gates of doom.

[Reference: “Sonnet 116 Let me to the marriage of true minds” by William Shakespeare.]

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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