Sweet Perimele

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    Sweet Perimele

     

    Perimele, sweet Perimele, pray, a whim:

    What moves your maiden heart?

    Can you vouchsafe all your love for him

    When ever you must be apart?

     

    Were you to learn such courtly love

    From paternal blood relation?

    Or was there one to better prove

    How love makes consecration?

     

    Some princesses get sacrificed,

    Once they give away their heart;

    How did you learn that love sufficed

    For its sacrificial part?

     

    Admetus erred so grievously,

    He faced ignoble death,

    Had not Alcestis previously,

    Deemed him dearer than her breath.

     

    Oh, how the ancients loved her,

    The perfect ideal wife!

    Who put her mate so far above her

    As to save him with her life.

     

    Perimele, you have a child, a little maiden fair,

    Does she know your parents’ tale?

    Dad’s eros, although noble, never could compare

    With Mother’s deep devotion, that simply made his pale. 


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    carynontherhine commented on Sweet Perimele

    12-17-2010

    True Harvy, in this write I see a young girl and a daughter. A role model could be anyone significant in their lives I believe, but without one a child would flounder. No direction. My children give me cards that I hang in my computer room that all talk about this subject. So I do hope I have been a good one. Thank you for this write as it really has me thinking and I so love to self evaluate. Hugz

    HarverTomsson

    12/17/2010

    Just a writer's effort to remind the reader that family's are not merely made of the easy times together, they best mirror how they have confronted the tough times. Harv

    Mareann commented on Sweet Perimele

    12-16-2010

    This poem brings back memories of my mom and dad the love and effection they shared for over 55 yrs. We children learned a few things from them. They don't make many like them these days.

    HarverTomsson

    12/16/2010

    And that is lamentable. Just trying to do my part for those who must borrow their memories. Harv

    MindNumbing commented on Sweet Perimele

    12-16-2010

    This sounds like it could be a letter to your daugher, Harv ;) Beautifully written, my friend!

    HarverTomsson

    12/16/2010

    The great tragedy of our time is that the cildren have such few good role models at loveing. Movies cannot teach what it takes years to observe and absorb. For that, there best be Mom and Dad who understand both praxis and didactics. Be well, and be well loved. Harv

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

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