The scary things love can attack a poor heart with!
Birdsong that stupefies scholars from Dartmouth;
Starlight that lays low professors from Yale;
Moonshine that renders a Harvard grad pale.

O, the agonies love'll inflict on your head!
A blow from a cudgel that leaves you half dead;
A sock in the kisser, a punch in the gut---
When Love comes a-knockin', he'll find my door shut.

Love should be quarantined, kept in a pen!
I've had the bug once; I don't want it again.
Both codger and stripling with fevers grow faint;
You think love's a picnic?  I tell ya: it ain't.

From Sappho to Shelley, from Keats to Cole Porter,
This madness leaves millions in abject disorder;

From Shakespeare to Auden to pop balladeers,
Love promises laughter---but leaves 'em in tears.

Montague, Capulet, Taylor and Burton,
Heloise, Abelard, one thing's for certain:
Love's nothing but misery, pain without end.
You wanna be happy? Steer clear of it, friend.

Poetry by Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2021-12-26 at 12:12

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
You've done Tin Pan Alley proud. This is a gem.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
I am thoroughly enjoying your rhymes and meters this morning. It's wonderfully refreshing. I say that with some envy of your ability.

The contradictory nature of your two poems makes me smile.