ODE TO PAUL VERLAINE

John Lars Zwerenz

Ode To Paul Verlaine

Verlaine, Verlaine, where did you go?
My thoughts, today, blown by the wind,
Saw you in a Kendal Green tamarind,
Which swayed in the drunken sirocco.

I can see you now, in a majestic court,
Where dream struck lovers wade by the sea,
In an immaculate state of felicity,
All bards, like you, of a mystical sort.

And your verse - ah! It was truly of your heart!
Never color nor hue, but nuance (in blue)
Gleamed upon the reeds you walked upon in rue.
How you wept in the dales when your love did depart!

Now the libraries' dust covers the king
Who made a heaven out of suffering,
And noble marble out of formless clay.

Oh! How I shall rejoice,
When, with a singular voice,
We shall be as one in the eternal day!

John Lars Zwerenz

From: 
New Poems by John Lars Zwerenz



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ABOUT THE POET ~
John Lars Zwerenz (1969 - ) is an American born poet. He was born and raised on New York's Long Island in 1969 and published his first book of poetry in 2011. After graduating from New York's Queens College with honors in English Letters, Zwerenz quit graduate school in favor of a life of travel and adventure. Most of the verse which made up the bulk of his later published volumes was composed during this period. Zwerenz's poetry, although traditionally romantic in character, differs from his romantic precursors, such as Byron and Keats, in that he prefers literal rhyme rather than metaphoric expression. Much of his earliet published poetry (such as "Selected Poems" 2011) was written in places such as London and Paris. Zwerenz has a very bohemian reputation, and his private life was always fraught with dramatic vissitudes in mood and behavior. Zwerenz is currently the official poetry writer for Emage Magazine, an international arts publication. He now resides in The United States and is in his mid forties. - Rachael Canter

Last updated March 10, 2017