The Lovers

Ain Sakhri Lovers (Image from Wikimedia Commons) c. 9,000 BCE

Hold me through the ages, time-stopped
in stone; cave-captured crystal born of stars,
like us, soulmates,
eternal, entwined, encircled, encased,
encompassing the miracle of love
and survival.

If we are found after a thousand tomorrows,
in our calcified connection, in our everlasting embrace,
they will see–despite surface cracks—
our bond has held beyond life
into the hereafter.

This poem is for my prompt at dVerse today. I’ve asked everyone to write a poem on artifacts. (I’m not making a distinction between art and artifacts.) I didn’t have anything particular in mind, but I discovered the Ain Sakhri Lovers. You can read more about this ancient sculpture here.

Also, a reminder. This Thursday, 9 December, will be Open Link Night on dVerse. The first hour, 3-4 PM, EST, will be live for anyone who wants to participate. You can post a link without participating in the live event. Link one poem as usual.

75 thoughts on “The Lovers

  1. Oh, you definitely brought these lovers to life, Merril. I esp enjoyed your time-stoppage and all of that e-literation in Stanza 1. Thanks. And thanks for the cool prompt, too!

  2. I love this…..it speaks to the idea that love can and does go way beyond the “surface cracks” and to the idea that sometimes those cracks, can make the love between two individuals even stronger. IE working at keeping the cracks simply small fissures….always crossing the divide.

  3. A fine illustration for your prompt. I like what you said about poetry. ” I just start writing and see where it goes”, no parameters (free verse), no nets, outlines or rules, just words, like water, flowing into other words.

  4. I suppose it says all there is to say about me that I thought it was a biscuit at first, like those pieces of toast that seem to have something represented on them. How wrong I was, though. After looking more closely and reading your poem, it’s just a beautiful thing to think that love, or even a lovely representation of love, can last for centuries, to be admired by generations. I feel very insignificant now!

  5. It’s actually a little sad though special! I love all you read into it. I do think you could replicate that image with your baking. Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

  6. A deeply moving poem, Merril!
    Inspired by an ancient sculpture, makes it all the more deep.
    (not trying to be funny, but I thought it was bread at first, and I was quite amazed what you got from it)

    • Thank you so much, Resa.
      Apparently others thought so, too. I suppose because I first saw it on a site of ancient objects, I saw it for what it was right away. And some modern sculptures resemble it.

      • Modern sculpture can be quite fascinating.
        So is traditional. We have a lot of it in the streets of Toronto. I’ve started taking pics, to include in my art blog. However, I need to learn a way of presenting. It is not like taking pics of paintings.
        It is dimensional, and the light is different as I work my way around.
        I’ll figure it out.

  7. A love poem that perfectly suits this embodiment of love. I enjoyed reading the historical detail behind the sculpture–11,000 years is a very long time, yet are we really so different from the one who created this? Lovely poem, and I really enjoyed writing for your prompt.

  8. The sense that love can be eternal, that perhaps there is a healthy holding (dare I say merging), a oneness that transcends, I love the possibilities this raises.

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