ODE TO PAUL VERLAINE

by JOHN LARS ZWERENZ

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 impressionistic poet. He is considered one of the most important new literary figures in the world, both internationally and in The United States. He has published seven books of poetry, all of which have risen dramatically in price since their original publication. Zwerenz owns a B.A. in English from The City University Of New York At Queens College and has traveled extensively throughout The United States and overseas as a kind of literary wanderer. He has held a bohemian reputation since his youth. Zwerenz's two most recent poetry books, "Ecstasy And Other Poems", released in December of 2016, and "Elysian Meadows", released in February of 2017, have been published by ATLA Publishing, based in The UK. His poems have also appeared prolifically in International Magazines and other anthologies. Zwerenz's poetry is often highly spiritual in nature. His verse almost always adheres to strict, metrical stanzas. He currently resides in The United States, and is 48 years of age., - Rachael Canter


Last updated March 10, 2017