Friendship

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
-George Bernard Shaw

Friendship – HD Thoreau

I think awhile of Love, and while I think,
Love is to me a world,
Sole meat and sweetest drink,
And close connecting link
Tween heaven and earth.
I only know it is, not how or why,
My greatest happiness;
However hard I try,
Not if I were to die,
Can I explain.

I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time arrives,
Then Love is more lovely
Than anything to me,
And so I’m dumb.

For if the truth were known, Love cannot speak,
But only thinks and does;
Though surely out ’twill leak
Without the help of Greek,
Or any tongue.

A man may love the truth and practise it,
Beauty he may admire,
And goodness not omit,
As much as may befit
To reverence.

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favorite retreat,
Of loveliness;

When under kindred shape, like loves and hates
And a kindred nature,
Proclaim us to be mates,
Exposed to equal fates
Eternally;

And each may other help, and service do,
Drawing Love’s bands more tight,
Service he ne’er shall rue
While one and one make two,
And two are one;

In such case only doth man fully prove
Fully as man can do,
What power there is in Love
His inmost soul to move
Resistlessly.
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Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side,
Withstand the winter’s storm,
And spite of wind and tide,
Grow up the meadow’s pride,
For both are strong

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined
Insep’rably.

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4 responses to “Friendship

  1. A luvly choice, as usual. Where *do* you find these? Or are they all stored in your brain like the Mobius strip nugget you pulled out yesterday?

    • I just look for them online. They’re not in my head. A friend had sent me a George Bernard Shaw quote. (“I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.”) That led me to the other quote.
      For the poem, I was just reading random Thoreau stuff, and that one jumped out as most appropriate for all my friends on this day.
      I did come up with the Möbius Strip analogy on my own though.

    • I looked online and I am apparently not the first one who has compared the spin 1/2 particles to the mobius strips.
      *sigh*
      There’s no such thing as a new idea.

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