Favorite Poem

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne

As virtuous men pass mildly away,

And whisper to their souls, to go,

Whilst some of their sad friends do say,

The breath goes now, and some say, no:

So let us melt, and make no noise,

No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move,

“Twere profanation of our joys

To tell the laity our love.

Moving of the earth brings harms and fears,

Men reckon what it did and meant,

But trepidation of the spheres,

Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers’ love

(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit

Absence, because it doth remove

Those things which elemented it.

But we by a love, so much refined,

That ourselves know not what it is,

Inter-assured of the mind,

Care less eyes, lips, and hands to miss.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,

Though I must go, endure not yet

A breach, but an expansion,

Like gold to aery thinkness beat.

If they be two, they are two so

As still twin compasses are two

Thy should the fixed foot, makes no show

To move, but doth, if th’ other do.

And though it in the centre sit,

Yet when the other far doth roam,

It leans, and hearkens after it,

And grows erect, as that comes homes.

Such wilt though be to me, who must

Like th’ other foot, obliquely run

Thy firmness draws my circle just,

And makes me end, where I begun.


2 Responses to “Favorite Poem”

  1. Thanks Jamie ! Josena , you and I . How ironic ,still share a LOVE for poetry. Even though our lives have taken different pathes. Sounds like aTyler Perry movie to me. I have a unique story and struggle of my own almost a double life like story. Hopefully Sheena you or Char King will on day help me get it written . See you Sept 24th .

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