"Lady and Gentleman on Horseback" by Aelbert Cuyp ‘Kindred Souls’ by David D. Irby The Society December 2, 2020 Beauty, Love Poems, Poetry 11 Comments The road of love looks smooth at first and seems as if it has no end. The wise know that the way is cursed, and heartache lies around the bend. The route has hills, and we can’t see what lies upon the other side; yet we drive on, love’s devotee, as we enjoy love’s thrilling ride. But soon we hit a hole or two. The road is rougher than we thought. Then love’s alignment goes askew and leaves emotions overwrought. And though some paramours drive on, some search to find an exit sign. They take it, and the love is gone. They’ve reached the end of passion’s line. But those who stay upon the road will learn to drive around the holes. Their hearts adjust to bear the load. They travel on as kindred souls. Dave Irby is a retired law enforcement officer and a U.S. Air Force veteran, currently living in Halifax, VA. 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 email@example.com. 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) 11 Responses Rohini Sunderam December 2, 2020 Beautifully expressed. Reply Beverly S Stock December 2, 2020 Lovely! Reply David Paul Behrens December 2, 2020 Very nice! Reply Theresa Rodriguez December 2, 2020 I can relate very much to the sentiments expressed in this poignant poem, thank you very much David! Reply Joseph S. Salemi December 2, 2020 I’m glad to see perfect quatrains with a satisfying ABAB rhyme scheme. Too many people here seem obsessed with the more difficult (and less pleasing) ABBA format. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant December 2, 2020 David, thank you for the smooth-flow and the beautiful sentiment of this admirable conceit. I love your poetic lesson in enduring love. Reply Yael December 2, 2020 That’s a lovely poem, thank you. I really enjoy reading this. Reply Margaret Coats December 3, 2020 Well done, and well unified by the road-and-travel references, leading up to a beautifully expansive final line. Reply C.B. Anderson December 3, 2020 These bland blandishments above, David, should tell you all you need to know. I only hope you take them with a grain of salt and two grains of sugar. The poem itself was okay but broke no new ground. Reply C.B. Anderson December 8, 2020 I would add, though, David, that the twists & turns of Love’s road were well handled in the poem itself by a man who, I presume, has traveled many a mile down some shady lanes. Reply Peter Hartley January 5, 2021 David – and some will drive right on into the middle of these holes and manage to climb out on the other side and feel all the better for the experience. A popular theme in poetry but nevertheless ably put. other side 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.