Now And Then

Now And Then short poem

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Much time has passed, now and then
When incited by your furtive glance
I asked myself for the first time
Was this that one stroke of chance?

Much time has passed, now and then
When I dared to hold your hand
And feigned to read your fate
But saw my road take the bend

Much time has passed, now and then
When you shot me arrow upon arrow
Gored over, I could take no more
Had to leave, knew not where to go

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Hopeless romantic, grounded realist, eternal optimist, brooding pessimist. All these are me. I am all of them. When I referenced my diaries for poems written decades (1985-99) ago, I was surprised to find that most related to either Love or Death. I was even more surprised to discover that, with a quick change here and there, many of them could be interchanged to reflect either. It was in this way that I discovered in myself the obsession that Sigmund Freud labelled as Eros and Thanatos, a theme that has fascinated thinkers, poets and writers for centuries. Here you will find Eros and Thanatos and a bit of Philos in between.
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