Look my young fool, born with the Spring’s first green,
our morning is all spent and now the afternoon
bleeds red in the west. Will you really be so mean
as to ignore the pot you set upon the coals?
I want you, and the water will be boiling soon.
Come, Fool, with me to bed and join our separate souls.
Paramour, grown in the Summer’s waves of heat,
flushed with carnal purpose, erect as the foxglove
in June and full of poise and poison, damp my sheets
with dew until the flame has settled in the coals,
’til kindlier sleep comes to loose the coils of love
and gently sets to rest our joined and separate souls.
Next will come Autumn with blackberries and bronze,
that ambered season both of thorns and harvest wine.
See in the burnt sky the unceasing flight of swans
returning south. Let us stoke the settling coals
and lay in heavy blankets to rest our toiling spines,
nesting together our joined and separate souls.
Will our love endure the Winter’s unbreaking dark?
We cannot know the sacrifice it may require
to uncover from the ashes an errant spark
and fan again to flames the settled coals.
Or perhaps we will commence, by putting oil to fire,
the conflagration of our joined and separate souls.
The rhyme scheme of this poem was modeled after Ernest Dowson’s non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno cynarae.
Other poems on Moss Kingdom about Spring: Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Walking One Spring Morning, In the Park on the First Clear Day of Spring, The Cherry Trees by Edward Thomas, A Seduction: in Four Seasons
Other poems on Moss Kingdom about Summer: A Closer Kind of Warm: a break-up-with-summer song, The Leaves Remember, August’s End, All This Juice and All This Joy, To the Grasshopper and the Cricket by Leigh Hunt, A Seduction: in Four Seasons
Other poems on Moss Kingdom about Autumn: Come Thou Dayspring, August’s End, Iron Sky, Cider by Rusten Walter Harris, November by William Cullen Bryant, October by Robert Frost, A Seduction: in Four Seasons, A Closer Kind of Warm: a break-up-with-summer song
Other love poems here on Moss Kingdom: Love is Not All by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Paper Hearts, Les Bijoux by Charles Baudelaire (translated by Jacques LeClercq), A Seduction: in Four Seasons, La Petite Mort: a breath of agony, Sonnet 28 from “14 Lines”, Elegy 20 To His Mistress Going to Bed by John Donne, Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson, Roll On Columbia: a sonnet for our tenth anniversary.