The deepest truths

Another sonnet for the dverse prompt.

 

If I told you I was leaving would your heart

Break like a crystal glass, and would dismay

Fill your eyes to brimming that we’d part;

Would you swallow pride and plead with me to stay?

I watch you sleeping, moonlight smooths the frowns

With silver softness—am I in your dreams?

If only I could swim where midnight drowns

And tell you all is really as it seems.

I take your hand, still sleeping, fingers curl

Around mine like a child’s, with boundless trust,

And feel a deep and joyful truth unfurl,

That what we have will live when all is dust.

 

The deepest truths lie in heart’s words unspoken,

In eyes unhooded dances true love’s token.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

30 thoughts on “The deepest truths”

  1. Nice to read this after Sarah Connor’s “Sleeping Together.” Both sonnets (maybe more, as I read around the list) proximate the distance to the Beloved in sleep, where the heart yearns for eternal embrace and the mind knows we go alone (I do, anyway). That “deep and joyful truth” is in the writing at least, though the final couplet strained to repeat that. (Sheesh those couplets are bedeviling …)

  2. Thanks Brendan. I think it’s the idea of sleep smoothing away the masks and she shields we use when we’re awake. To be able to slip into the thoughts and the heart behind the sleeping face would reveal the truth.

  3. Wonderful, Jane. The lines flow and seem so effortless. I loved the picture this created:
    “I take your hand, still sleeping, fingers curl
    Around mine like a child’s, with boundless trust,
    And feel a deep and joyful truth unfurl,
    That what we have will live when all is dust.”

    But that last couplet is Shakespearean!

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