The darling buds of May

As May moves past halfway, here is a little lyric on the beauty and brevity of first love.

FIRST LOVE

Like children engrossed in a game
of mystery and intrigue,
they don’t know what is going to happen,
but are making it up as fast as they can.
Scarcely a moment to notice the changing light
but why worry, time is on their side.

Soon it will strike them they are alone
with the vastness of what they know.

Published by davidcookpoet

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I retired from a busy working life as an adult psychiatrist in 2014. My interests are in literature, philosophy, modern jazz and horse racing. I might represent those four fields by Shakespeare, Kant, Charlie Parker and Lester Piggott. Like nearly all of us, I can identify a number of formative experiences, one of which was a psychotic episode in my first year as a psychiatrist. This reinforced an already established interest in mystical experience, and a sense of how little human beings know. My intellectual bugbear is reductive materialism, and I am surprised at the lack of moral imagination of those who promulgate such views. It seems to me they need to consider ,perhaps by exposure, just why totalitarianism is so horrific.

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