Make much of love

Make much of love

Failure is commonplace
           and most of us fail
mostly
           though we may enjoy
minor or temporary success
           from time to time

We know where it will all end
           under leaves and grass
under snow when the weather is inclement
           or when the wind and the rain
rattle the eaves
           where we once lived

Love is the cornerstone
           it is the common thread
more beautiful in its day
           than any rose :
it is the root
           of all life all human life

Defy the slings and arrows
           defy the thorns
and make much of it
           indeed make the most of it

John Lyons


There is an absolutely exquisite poem in the Collected Poems of Charles OlsonOnly the Red Fox, Only the Crowthat should be read by all who love poetry.


 

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