I Allegro Amabile
Shakespeare denies that love can be love
which alters when it alteration finds.
Experience informs me otherwise.
That first euphoric flurry
bears us onward in impetuosity
from first encounter
but love for all that.
II Allegro Appassionato-Sostenuto-Tempo I
Stormy transition morphs to humdrum
climbs to summit and back again –
swell to great with crashing chords
in clashes of divergent moods;
slides subtly through moderato
via pause and repeat to gentle
understanding. Calm acceptance
rules resurgence of passion
to tenderness and back again –
another kind of love.
III Andante con Moto – Allegro
Another kind of love – despite of wrinkles
this thy golden time –
all passion not quite spent,
progression from hectic,
through stately to humdrum
and back again.
Togetherness a bulwark
against worldly pressure
to ripening harvest of creative pleasure
as time accelerates towards conclusion.
Another kind of love.
Process Notes: Joseph Harker never fails to challenge us, stretching my poeming to its limits and beyond. Last week at http://namingconstellations.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/reverie-nine-sunlight-sonata/ he proposes a Sonata poem, with lots of ideas of how to go about it. Yesterday I listened all morning to Brahms Sonata Op.120 No.2 for clarinet and piano on repeat, while baking bread and attending to sundry household tasks. The music, which is some of the most difficult I have ever played, is full of passion tempered with calm passages. My thoughts turned to marriage and its evolution. The first section quotes from Shakespeare, Sonnet CXVII, and the last from Sonnet III. Swell to Great is a coupler on a pipe organ, linking two big pipes to produce a thunderous sound. My poem echoes in part the cadence of the music, with rather too many mixed metaphors, but so be it, I’ve done my best. All suggestions for improvement gratefully received.
Also posted at http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/?zx=b5584de227c1b80e, for the prompt ‘love and affection’ in a post about singer Joan Armitrading, and for the Open Link Night at the poets’ pub: http://dversepoets.com/2012/03/13/openlinknight-week-35/