LOVE VERSES

 

CONSUMED

Imperial flame
Fire of Love,
Torch me
Till I am
Comsumed…

Urn-clad ashes
Memorial remain:
Love’s sacrifice
Immortal.

Alice Parris 

THE GATHERER

I gather
Your
Facial
Expressions
And
Gestures
As
Crumbs,
I
Myself
Becoming
An
Ant,
Pull apart
And
Drag
From
My
Memory
Every
Morsel.

I have
Stored
Them
For the
Time
Of
Famine
To
Come.

Then,
I
Will
Feast
Upon
The
Shape of
Your eyes
And become
Satisfied
With
The fullness
Of
Your lips.

Alice Parris 

RENDEZVOUS ETERNAL

There is
A sweet spot
Of melting,
Coming together.
No need
For words
We just
Enter in
You and me
Into the
Sweet spot
That is
Our love.
Unspoken
Arena
Where
Oneness
Reveals
Itself
As the
Soul’s
Master.

Let us
Therefore
Once again
Immerse
Ourselves
Into
The Mystery
Of oneness…
Let us go
Quickly
Then,
My beloved
That we may
Enter into
Our
Rendezvous
Eternal.

Alice Parris 

THROUGH TIME
AND SPACE

Through time
And space
I will
Come to you.
When you
Send for me,
I will come.
No evil
Spoken
Of you
Shall stick
To my heart,
For love you
I will
Always.

No heinous
Plot to
Separate us
Shall ever
Secure my
Consent.
To deny you
Is to deny
Myself.
If we fail,
It shall
Not be
Because
I would not
Love you.

Through time
And space
I will
Come
To you.
There are
No partitions
That can
Separate
Those with this
Kind of love.

Alice Parris 

FUTURE PERFECT

Somehow
My timing
Is off
By one
Or more
Degrees
To the
Left
Or to
The
Right.
I cannot
Tell
Which.
I know
You are an
Important
Person
In my life
In a
Future perfect.
But…
My time
Has not
Yet come.
I cannot
Reach you.

Alice Parris                                                               THE TWO SIDES OF YOUR LOVE

Your love
Is like
A
Creme
Brulee
Served
On
Silver
Tray
Carried
By
White-
Gloved
Hands
With
Red rose
Bud
In
Place
In a
Lalique
Vase.

Your love
Is like
A
Dark-
Chocolate
Truffle
Filled
With
Tears:
Bittersweet
And
Difficult
To eat. 

Alice Parris

YESTERDAY’S FEAST

It was
Night
When
I knew
You did not
Love me.
It was not
The harlot
Nor exotic
Creature
Who held
You…
Twined in
Her lush
Tresses.
It was
Memories
Too Painful
To bury,
Places
Too
Tender
To touch
I stood
Outside:
A beggar
Viewing
A feast
That had
Been eaten
By the
Ghost of
Yesterday
Past. 

Alice Parris

MY HEART

My mind,
My mind
Is a
Sampson
With
Waist-
Length
Hair.

My body,
My body
Is an
Aphrodite
With
Luscious
Snare.

My spirit,
My spirit
Is an
Eagle
Powerful
And
Rare.

My heart,
My heart
Is a
Little girl
With
No one
To care.

Alice Parris

CONTRITE COURTESAN

I cannot
Let you
Touch me;
Your power
Is mighty
As you
Wield it
Towards
My open
Heart.
I cannot
Let you
Touch me,
For I am
Mortal
And
I fear
Annihilation.
I cannot
Let you
Touch me
With your
Magic words
And your
Skillful hands.
I cannot
Let you
Touch me,
For my
Heart
Is a
Contrite
Courtesan,
A penitent
Mistress. 

Alice Parris

LOST ULYSSEUS

Too many
False gods
Have
Separated
Us…
Too
Many
Journeys
With
Shard-
Laden roads,
Too many
Days
Of
Waiting.

A Penelope
Hopeless
Has
Rendered
Love
A lost
Ulysses.
Alas,
My love,
My desired
Destiny,
The gods
Of love
Have
Separated
You
And 

Alice Parris

WHEN YOU LOVED ME

When you loved me
I was as a spirit
Set on high,
Soaring at will.
No currents
Could override
The strength
You gave these
Wings of mine
When you loved me.
I was light
And love;
I was music
And muse.
Life at its
Cruelest had
Become beauty
Itself…
When you loved me.

It was then
My eyes beheld
The ill-fated
Piece…
Unraveling the
Lower side of truth:
I understood that
The perfection of
An exquisitely
Adorned world
With all of its
Sumputousness
Was reality
Only when reflected
In your eyes…
When you loved me. 

Alice Parris

THE CITADEL

I have spent my years
A citadel, locked up,
Impenetrable…
Where only fools or
The stout of heart
Dare to gain access
To my inner recess:
A fortress fortified with
Wise walls of protection.
Total devastation
Was not possible.
Neither love nor hate
Could access the
Inner sanctum of
My sanctuary
Where all life
Began and resides…

You came offering
Me love so pure,
So splendid,
So
Noble in character,
That my citadel
Became a living
Breathing wall where
The exchange was made.
You touched me in my
Impenetrable place.
I wept at the way
You loved me.
I wept…
Relieved 

Alice Parris

LOOKING OUT FROM
COLD MOUNTAIN

Tourmaline-
Green silk damask
Curtains hang heavily
From the weight of dust mites,
Entrenched
Yet undetected.

Cobwebs in the corners;
Like lonely Ghosts.

Neatly mounted gold rings
Part the curtains into shoulders:
Golden braided epaulettes.

Diffused sunlight
Streams through dirt-caked windows.
She sits at her piano.

She has found true love,
Arriving at truth
By unenviable longing.

She wonders if she can will
Him to live, if her need
Will bring him back.

There is a fire
In the portals
Of her soul: a hot-blue flame.

The dark world of death,
Staved off by the notes of a
Life-song.

There is hope,
Looking out from Cold Mountain. 

Alice Parris