‘Quids Pro Quo’ and Other Poetry by Lynn Veach Sadler The Society January 29, 2013 Poetry 1 Comment Quids Pro Quo Does beauty matter? You, of all, know why: it skirts the edge of my and your decay. It brings at once both smile and knowing sigh. Yes, beauty—ever—has its own cachet. In beauty’s lap, perfection likely seems— redeems lost Eden, sheds the rose’s thorns, lets us believe that God’s pure grace still streams, makes all sunrises glorious good morns. We beauty know upon the instant seen— face, flower, form, or flow—whate’er the thing. A welling up of joy allaying spleen, an afterglow of joy that still will cling. Intensity of feeling, afterglow— yes, Beauty, beauty matters: quids pro quo. Love’s Offshoot Mom claims I wear Dad’s genes upon my sleeve. Dad says, “Your son has sweetness but no light. Your nurturing has just made him uptight!” The argument comes up each New Year’s Eve. My every resolution will aggrieve my mom or dad. I cannot get one right. Both parents rush to feel my stinging slight. No matter what I say, they misconceive. “Don’t worry, Mom. I promise not to cry.” “You will, Soft Son, you wear your father’s brand!” “Now, listen, Dad, I pledge to be laid back.” “No, her Southland background has made you shy!” “Don’t you blame me! I have no shyness gland!” “I’m nature—nurture, too! Cut me some slack!” Plea for Poets Archangel Raphael, Miltonic style: historian divine of Paradise ere lost. He views Edenic domicile, excuses Eve her table to bespice. He’s messenger by God (and Milton) sent to give to man in Adam all the word he’d need, Satanic wiles to circumvent. Then why angelic words as though unheard? Was Raphael too affable, too kind? “God’s Medicine” was sent to speak as friend, could blush, eat human food, read human mind. Too sociable? He came six-winged Godsend! Oh, would new Miltons so invoke Godhead that neither God nor verse can pass for dead! Widely published in academic and creative writing, former college president Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler has eight poetry chapbooks and four full-length collections and over 100 short stories published. She has published a novel, novella, and short story collection; has several novels forthcoming; and has written 40 plays. These poems are among the entries for the Society of Classical Poets’ 2012 Poetry Competition. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response Audra January 29, 2013 Exquisite and Refined!!!! This i simply unsurpassed, and Peerless writing!! Bravo!!!!! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.