Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday's verse


THE OLD LOVER
....... by Michael Leunig


Why do you weep you poor, sad, old tree

I've lost an old lover, I'm weeping for me

But what are you saying, you know we love you

Yes I'm popular now but this love was true

This was a love from a difficult time

When the love of a tree had no reason or rhyme

No profit or motive of saving the earth

A love 'unimportant, of dubious worth'

A nuisance, escapist, naive or insane

Loopy and lonely and hard to explain

So my lover went off with a faraway stare

And is lost among all this new passion and care

And although I'm respected I'll always be sad

At the loss of a love just a tiny bit mad



As promised last Monday, I am doing a 'Monday's Verse' at the start of each week, to share some of my favourite poems with you. Today's poem is dedicated to Melanie from Kimono Reincarnate, who inspired me to go back to my Leunig books and remember why I was so enamored of him when I was in my early 20s.

If anyone else would like to share some favourite poems or verses, let me know. I am really enjoying going back to the poetry thing, and am keen to discover more.

Happy Monday everyone :)

3 comments:

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Awww.. such a beautiful poem and dedicated to me! You're so sweet!

Hot Fudge said...

Hi Bec

What a brilliant idea to have a favourite verse each Monday. I love the Leunig poem.

BigCat said...

That is a great poem. I might become a bit of an addict of this Monday verse if you keep pulling off such great picks.

Thanks