saint sentiment

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What have saints to do with lovers
theirs the agony of agape and martyrs*

Valentine, the poet says, is strictly for the birds**
this day next season presses hard
such urgency and sweet mustering of mate
forever – or a fleet polygamous state

Rosie in red dress scents affection
loiters longer than the core condition
written in chambers of  prenup passion

two lobes and vermilion pigment
percussive organ instrument
a crudely pointed rudiment

loosely transparent is Rosie’s habit
heart on sleeve the sensual hermit
one or other paid  the forfeit

amid persuasion and procurement
amaranth a blooded figment
predictable death by denouement

This day Rosie listens on repeat
an unsettled old score-sheet
between interlude and introductory beat

there the grand pause for enchantment 
quickening sections of musical movement
a simple saccharine C Major sentiment

What have saints to do with flowers
and  chocolate – theirs an agony of briers
mine the decay of sugar soft centres

© Laura Granby 2016

*agape (say a-ga-pay) – selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love
** Valentine day first made mention in Chaucer’s “The Parliament of Birds

More impressionistic than rhythmic, and putting something overly sweet into Poetry Pantry

23 Comments on “saint sentiment

  1. As ever a complex, explorative and engaging poem – i particularly liked when you shift gear and we meet Rosie – she seems to bring the ideas to life..like a crimson rose in best bloom..quite brilliantly..

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    • great feeback Jae Rose – Rosie is the personification of love’s labours lost! There are touches of Alice in her methinks

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    • the complexity came from the many different ‘voices’ the poem threw at me and nearly got away from my edits 😉

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  2. from “theirs the agony of agape and martyrs to “theirs an agony of briers” …trace the tears hidden underneath love….

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    • and love lies bleeding – hence amaranth reference Sumana

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  3. So true, what have saints to do with flowers! This is a most unique Valentine’s Day poem!

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    • thank you Mary – it was a struggle to form the heart shape from all the different pieces

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    • reassuring words from you as feared it was a mess – thank you -your comment conjures ‘salted caramels’ – rather a favourite of mine!

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    • they are two sides of loves 4D coin apparently

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  4. Love is sweet but not the agony of decay when it ends. Luckily true love lasts as two are stronger than one.

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    • yes it hurts to love and to lose it too especially at the final parting – but without it we would all be more or less hard hearted

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    • aimed for a balance between the extremes 🙂

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  5. Interesting question!

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