Goodbye And Farewell

Goodbye, land and farewell, woman
Never was the pleasure mine
Of drunken slumber on your lap
Nor the warmth of hand on hand
Never the sizzle of lip on lip
Or the balm of quietly being
Never did I explore your extremity
Or the depth of your intensity
But on this walk down lonely path
You raise the level of my being
And possession seems such a descent

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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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