Friday, 30 March 2012
On The Battlefields Of Love
Several readers have asked me to repeat this poem last posted here in 2010 and from which my 6th collection takes its title; the cover photograph taken by my close friend Graham Collett is of the folly at Virginia Water. The book sold well enough (for poetry) in the UK to and sales have paid for my new collection. So I am hoping Tracking the Torchbearer can do the same for a final collection I have in mind for 2015 when I hit 70.
On the Battlefields of Love is still in print, and while UK readers can order from any bookstore or amazon.co.uk, they - as well as overseas readers - can also buy signed copies direct from me at a discount on (retail price + shipping). Contact: email@example.com with ‘Poetry Collection’ or ‘Blog reader’ in the subject field.
Life is often a mental as well as a physical battlefield, but to love the last word and final victory; love in all its shapes and forms, never judging and never, but never discriminating along lines of colour, creed, sex or sexuality. .
Long, long live love...
ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF LOVE
There is a gene amongst others
that scares fathers, concerns mothers,
while (still) gay people everywhere
crying out for them to care
No matter colour, sex or creed,
it is on love that families should feed;
(where faith a mask for hypocrisy,
religions often found guilty)
Gay people have a right to be
free of cultural prejudices and bigotry
making us feel we must defend
our sexuality to the end…
It’s good to be open, honest, true,
but what are gay people supposed to do
when love for family put on the line,
urging us our selves to redefine?
If a faith in God fills heart and soul,
how can gay people expect to reconcile
teachings of universal love and peace
with examples holy leaders set us?
We can but follow love’s golden rules,
(if made to carry its burdens like mules)
in a common humanity put our trust,
shake off its exceptions, like dust
Some will always find excuses for war,
gay and straight folks wage another?
[From: On the Battlefields of Love by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2010]