Guest poem sent in by Sarah Korah
(Poem #1805) True Love at Last
The handsome and self-absorbed young man looked at the lovely and self-absorbed girl and thrilled. The lovely and self-absorbed girl looked back at the handsome and self-absorbed young man and thrilled. And in that thrill he felt: Her self-absorption is even as strong as mine. I must see if I can't break through it And absorb her in me. And in that thrill she felt: His self-absorption is even stronger than mine! What fun, stronger than mine! I must see if I can't absorb this Samson of self-absorption. So they simply adored one another and in the end they were both nervous wrecks, because in self-absorption and self-interest they were equally matched.
Here comes D.H.Lawrence's take on true love... in the land of the self obsessed :) This quirky, irreverent counterpoint to True Love makes the case that there is something essentially selfless about love; or it is not the real thing. Sarah Korah [Martin adds] In a lighter - or, at least, friendler - vein, I was reminded of Lawrence's playfully romantic "Intimates" [Poem #110] - it is interesting to note the superficial similarity of theme, but wide disparity of intent, between the two poems. [Links] Wislawa Szymborska's beautiful True Love poem can be read at http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/694.html Minstrels has more D.H.Lawrence poems at http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/1282.html http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/77.html