Poem of the Week – Song of a Common Lover

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Don’t love me, my sweet,
like your shadow
for shadows fade at evening
and I want to keep you
right up at cockcrow;
nor like pepper
which makes the belly hot
for then I couldn’t take you
when I’m hungry;
nor like a pillow
for we’d be together in the hours of sleep
but scarcely meet by day;
nor like rice
for once swallowed you think no more of it;
nor like soft speeches
for they quickly vanish;
nor like honey,
sweet indeed but too common.
Love me like a beautiful dream,
your life in the night,
my hope in the day;
like a piece of money,
ever with me on earth,
and for the great journey
a grateful comrade;
like a calabash,
intact, for drawing water;
in pieces, bridges for my guitar.

-Flavien Ranaivo (1914-1999)


Source: http://thepoeticquotidian.blogspot.ca/2007/01/flavien-ranaivo-song-of-common-lover.html

More about the poet: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Flavien-Ranaivo

Image Credit: https://literaturapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/love-song/


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