"Nature Fan Girl with a Child" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau‘Three Loves in One’ and Other Poetry by C.B. Anderson The Society September 9, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 7 Comments Three Loves in One We’ve gathered Love, but only insofar As we have reaped a crop from seeds we’ve sown. Those hours we cherished our beloved are The most rewarding times we’ve ever known, Which bears a certain similarity To what occurs through strangers we behold: Each freely-given act of charity Repays the helping hand one hundred-fold. Philosophers love wisdom more than knowledge And prove it when they strive to know themselves As thoroughly as facts they learned in college From dusty books arrayed on crowded shelves. Give love away to everyone you meet, And let your heart thereby be made complete. For What Ails You When viral or bacterial Infections strike and make us ill, Our outlook’s less funereal If we receive the proper pill Or subcutaneous injection. The medicines on hand today Approach remedial perfection — We’re fortunate, and who’s to say Things won’t get better? There are cures For every kind of ache and pain That no one willingly endures, Correctives for a faulty brain, And lotions to restore one’s hair To what it was ten years ago. A pharmacopoeia is there To palliate distress and slow The pace of physical decline, And — barring sheer myopia — It’s clear such remedies define A medical utopia. The studies, all empirical, Show ways to make a body whole, But still it takes a miracle To heal sclerosis of the soul. First published in Chronicles, January 2018 C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Australia and India. His collection, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder was published in 2013 by White Violet Press. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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. CODEC News: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) 7 Responses Michael Dashiell September 9, 2018 Two excellent poems. You’re about right about philosophers: they prefer the brilliance of ideas over mundane scientific fact. As for the second poem, wow a pharaceutical poem, original with seldom used multi-syllable rhymes. Reply David Watt September 9, 2018 “Three Loves in One” sums up a universal truth, and does it with great form. The enjambment in “For What Ails You” links stanzas most effectively. Reply Joe Tessitore September 9, 2018 Beautiful work, and two of the most beautiful lines ever written: Give love away to everyone you meet, And let your heart thereby be made complete. Reply Amy Foreman September 9, 2018 Very enjoyable poetry, Mr. Anderson! Appreciate you sharing it . . . Reply David Paul Behrens September 9, 2018 Brilliant, beautiful and clever. Reply James A. Tweedie September 9, 2018 “Trust thyself; to thine own self be true. The heart vibrates to this iron string.” Or “Love your neighbor as yourself . . . Do unto others as you would have them do unto you . . . Love one another as I have loved you.” Both/And? Either/Or? I’ll choose curtain #2 every time. Well done and well said, C.B. Reply C.B. Anderson September 11, 2018 I thank you all for your comments. I still have a problem with “Three Loves in One” I don’t think I connected “agape,” “eros” & “philos” well enough. I’m not sure they should be connected, but I’ve always found it strange that in English we have only one word for “love,” while the Greeks had three words, presumably for three separate concepts. If anyone can explain why “agape” usually is rendered “charity,” then please let me know. Perhaps Dr. Salemi can lend a mind here. Reply Leave a Reply to James A. Tweedie 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.