William Cartwright

(1611-1643 / England)

No Platonic Love - Poem by William Cartwright

Tell me no more of minds embracing minds,
And hearts exchang'd for hearts;
That spirits spirits meet, as winds do winds,
And mix their subt'lest parts;
That two unbodied essences may kiss,
And then like Angels, twist and feel one Bliss.

I was that silly thing that once was wrought
To practise this thin love;
I climb'd from sex to soul, from soul to thought;
But thinking there to move,
Headlong I rolled from thought to soul, and then
From soul I lighted at the sex again.

As some strict down-looked men pretend to fast,
Who yet in closets eat;
So lovers who profess they spririts taste,
Feed yet on grosser meat;
I know they boast they souls to souls convey,
Howe'r they meet, the body is the way.

Come, I will undeceive thee, they that tread
Those vain aerial ways
Are like young heirs and alchemists misled
To waste their wealth and days,
For searching thus to be for ever rich,
They only find a med'cine for the itch.


Comments about No Platonic Love by William Cartwright

  • Chinedu Dike (8/16/2015 3:31:00 AM)


    A well articulated piece of poetry, insightfully penned with conviction. Beautiful poem on lust, seduction and vain glorification of beauty. I like the rhyme scheme of the piece. Thanks for sharing William. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 20, 2003



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