Of Love and More

First love lost; ‘twas not worth keeping
(or it’s cheap red wine a-speaking)

Then came city boys who gave
me lessons: How To Misbehave

(Married, briefly
Much grief, chiefly)

Then I found a righteous man
Values, charm; he had a plan

Liked my daughter, and loved me
She saw “dad,” I saw me

Going for another marriage
Diff’rent style; no horse-drawn carriage

Love was true that second time
Faithful, solid, and sublime

Now I know what life has taught:
Love is cheap when cheaply sought

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

Kerry O’Connor at Imaginary Garden With Read Toads was celebrating the August birthday of poet Sara Teasdale. Reading Teasdale at first seems dated; but, like many poets, she has wisdom in those couplets and free-form writes. I read some of her poetry, per the prompt, and was inspired to tell the story of my rough-and-tumble path to Lex.

Also in the margins at my poetic love nest, Poets United! Peace (and real love), Amy