Makarand Paranjape

(31 August 1960 - / Ahmedabad, Gujarat / India)

Love's Success - Poem by Makarand Paranjape

Love always exceeds its objects
which, however great or beautiful,
are subject to time, decay, and death:
after their brief season in the sun,
they lose their fresh bloom, so magical,
and harden slowly or rot in their youth.
But love remains eternally youthful,
whether embodied as a silly, naked boy
wilfully shooting his invisible darts
at unsuspecting victims, or entirely bodiless,
too subtle to behold, but still quivering
in every heart's secret places. Love is not
subject to us, but we are subject to it:
it changes its objects like soiled garments
or the deathless soul it's transient bodies.

[From Partial Disclosure]


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012



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