I’ve never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life. FERNANDO PESSOA

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

21st-century Romance

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.

Andrew Marvell To His Coy Mistress

Darling, switch off your tablet for a sec.
I want to touch the swan-curve of your neck.

My love, turn softly from your phone’s embrace.
I want to feel the landscape of your face.

Had we but world and time enough, my dear,
I’d like to kiss the conch shell of your ear.

Had we but world and time enough, dear heart,
I’d like to fondle every body part.

Had you but world and time to look at me,
You’d find a big fan of your corsetry.

Release your fingers from those tiny keys.
I want to sit upon your perfect knees.

Sweet lady, lift your eyes up from the screen.
My thoughts about you verge on the obscene.

Your constant blogging fills me with despair.
I fantasise about your underwear.

Is all that cyber-hugging so fantastic?
I want to test the tug of your elastic.

But now I see you’re otherwise engaged —
Texted, tweeted, skyped and pinged and paged —

I’ll simply dream about you nude in bed
And message you and email you instead.

Are you available another day?
That’s all for now. (I love you, by the way.)

13 comments:

Arija said...

Ah, the attractions of cyber space!I fear the computer savvy generation is quickly shaping to become robotic texters and tweeters. Personal relationships are slipping into the background.

Ruth said...

I should think your verse would get the most tech-crazed lovers off their screens.

Unfortunately, virtual sensuality has its allures, which too often trump physical ones.

Is it very different from women reading romantic novels in the 18th and 19th centuries? I wonder. Novels were considered a pretty terrible influence back in the day.

Wendy said...

Hilarious!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Your constant blogging fills me with despair.
I fantasise about your underwear.

Brilliant!

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks, everyone! Oh, Gail, I didn't know you cared ;-)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Guaranteed to win fair lady methinks.

Dominic Rivron said...

"Verge"?

The Solitary Walker said...

Dominic: :-)

The Solitary Walker said...

And Pat (Grassweaver) — methinks you've gone all medieval on us...

Grace Bezanson said...

sharing this!

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks for visiting, Grace!

Amanda said...

A brilliant paean to the distractions of our modern world.

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks, Amanda!