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And With This Kiss I Lose A Friend

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And With This Kiss I Lose A Friend

[Allegro waits in a break in the pine forest for Portamenta. He speaks to the moon-filled night: ]

And with this kiss I lose a friend,
what misery these lips portend.
This apprehension that I feel,
reveals a love that I conceal.

Yet, loins care not for loyalty,
and with this kiss I lose a friend.
This rift I cleave will never mend,
and thus disband fraternity.

Infatuation leaves me blind:
what do I really comprehend?
And with this kiss I lose a friend,
a thought to which I'm disinclined.

I have a girl in every port,
but of her grace they all fall short.
Exactly what am I to rend?
And with this kiss I lose a friend.

Allegro begins to question the sanity of sneaking around with his good friend's betrothed, and considers the consequence of his actions.

An Inkscape drawing of lips. The poem is a quatern, Allegro's Tale, a fiction. At the request of two of my readers, Portamento has been renamed Portamenta, which uses the proper feminine ending for Italian. All the posts relating to Adagio's Tale are here.

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  • Tony Maude Wednesday, 29 May 2013

    I really, really like this quatern. It stands beautifully on its own, without any knowledge of the back-story. The choice of repeated line is inspired and you have really added depth to it in each of your stanzas. This is a poem I wish I had written.

  • Rowan Taw Thursday, 30 May 2013

    I echo Tony's words - I love your use of the refrain.

  • Madeleine Begun Kane Monday, 03 June 2013

    Very good use of that form!

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