Lindsay Smith

Rookie (December 16,1939 / Mataura, Southland, New Zealand)

Lover's Pendant - Poem by Lindsay Smith

Lifted up by a slight breeze she spun off
floating away like fine chaff
but he with his feet stuck in the web
dangled upside down for many oblivious nights
eventually emerging to slide smoothly down
a single silken strand of gossamer
on to the Panama Gold passion fruit vine
whose tendrils latch on & twine around
the neem tree's delicate stems
leaving the sweet musky
granadilla flowers
well alone

Poet's Notes about The Poem


Inspired by the Ancient Greek Epigramists,
Lucilius & Meleager


Borne up by a slight breeze,
Chaeremon floated through the clear air,
far lighter than chaff,
and probably would have gone spinning off through ether,
but that he caught his feet in a spider's web,
anddangled there on his back;
there he hung five nights and days,
and on the sixth came down by a strand of the web.


I will twine the white violet
and I will twine the delicate narcissus with myrtle buds,
and I will twine laughing lilies,
and I will twine the sweet crocus,
and I will twine therewithal the crimson hyacinth,
and I will twine lovers' roses,
that on balsam-curled Heliodora's temples
my garland may shed its petals
over the lovelocks of her hair.

Comments about Lover's Pendant by Lindsay Smith

  • Ellen Shaw (7/30/2012 7:13:00 PM)

    such a beautiful poem (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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