An old poem from my collection Idle Thoughts
Why shouldn’t men in love
Whenever Cupid’s dart
Pierces their heart?
They ought to rise above
The silly notion
That showing feeling
Is somewhat demeaning.
The spectacle of a dove
In graceful motion,
That keeps us in thrall,
Reveals the poet in us all.
If women can swoon
By gazing at the moon,
Men should feel no shame
In doing just the same.
© Luigi Pagano
© ionicus 2023
lovely to see one of the old ones back. You are quite right of course, why should we be ashamed of showing our emotions. I have done all my life, Always have ignored the silly statement that big boys don’t cry. What would love be without emotions? I love the poem, especially the last two lines.Well done.Be lucky, Peter.
Hello Peter, old friend. How nice hearing from you. I too never held to the belief that boys don’t cry but can have a sensitive side.
Seeing that Slovitt set a poetry challenge entitled ‘Emotion’ and noting that NIcoletta (iyp) was urging others to participate persuaded me to resurrect an old poem of mine with a similar name.
The situation regarding comments doesn’t seem to have changed and quite honestly I don’t care if there is no other feedback, but I very much appreciate your opinion,
keep well, Luigi
Some men are too shy to openly show their feelings or think it’s not manly to expose their sensitive side. Regardless of their behaviour one has to speculate as to whether their motivation is love or lust. Libertines have been known to feign emotions to achieve their aims.
As to your question about the book cover, the answer is easy: it was the first image that I came across that was free to use, i.e., no royalties,.
Two submissions this time it’s a progress, Gothicman, I don’t know about the others, but I would really want to be challenged as a poet by you, so I challenge you to challenges us one day
Luigi enjoyed the read.
Dear Nicoletta, allow me to correct you: there were four submissions including yours. I can’t see anything from Slovitt who raised the topic but he may have posted something under a different category.. As regards challenges I believe that we are using the wrong term.. We don’t need to be challenged to demonstrate that we are poets. The positive responses you receive on your poetry should tell you that your work is much appreciated because it shows your skill and versatility. Perhaps the alternative to generate interest and participation is to suggest a topic or an idea for people to… Read more »
no, the meaning of challenge is different, it’s a friendly game that helps our community, it is like sports among nations
as you know already, i have no superior attitude and would never write poems based on news headlines sorry that’s a sad thing i hear that others do that
Nic, Perhaps you haven’t realised that I was trying to be helpful with my suggestions. For a long while this site has been stagnant with nothing new to say and with absent landlords. My view is that poetry challenges are not the answer to revitalise it. I also have to disagree with you about your definition of ‘challenge’. This is how the dictionary describes it: a. A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: a challenge to a duel. b. An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation: a challenge to the government’s authority. I can’t… Read more »
well when you like a challenge you want to participate, it’s not a duel or contest if you don’t see it that way and was not intended to be like that, anyway
we are trying to be helpful and we have suggestions and ideas and there should be nice little challenges because people need incentives offered by friendly and polite people that support our community.
I hope that your endeavour bears fruit. I wish you luck.