Selfless Love

Lesley Clarke

Like the soil
without water
we’re merely dust
without mercy
we’re but ash

But let love
fill the furrows
of our alienation
forgotten seeds
come to life

Who guessed
he held a garden
until she cultivated
his obstinate clay
crushed clots

Who guessed
she was a spring
until spent he begged
her a sip of water
which she gave

Side by side
we waste away
for lack of love which
is ours to share
selfless love


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Selfless Love

  1. This is amazing. So many thoughts all punched together.


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