Poetry Reading Challenge Week 7

Week 7 of my challenge to read at least one poem a week. As this week saw the celebration of St Valentines Day, I thought that I would choose another poem from my book of collected love poems.

There are some gorgeous poems in there including classics by Shakespeare, John Donne and Christina Rossetti. In the end, I settled on this more modern one by Neil Gaiman .

Dark Sonnet
I don’t think I’ve been in love as such
Although I’ve liked a few folk pretty well

Love must be vaster than my smiles or touch
for brave men died and empires rose and fell.
For love, girls follow boys to foreign lands
and men have followed women into hell.
In plays and poems, someone understands
there’s something makes us more than blood and bone.

And more than biological demands for me, love’s like the wind
unseen, unknown.
I see the trees are bending where it’s been
I know that it leaves wreckage where it’s blown.

I really don’t know what ‘I love you’ means
I think it means Don’t leave me here alone.

Neil Gaiman

Happy reading everyone!