Pleasures Come and Go: Love Abides

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Pleasures come and go; love abides.
Joy comes only at the risk of pain.
The wise know well the rhythms of the tides.

For love, just like an organ tone, resides
Beneath the ebb and flow that it sustains.
Pleasures come and go; love abides.

One loves beyond the need for choosing sides,
Beyond the calculus of loss and gain.
The wise know well the rhythms of the tides,

Know well the passions, purposes, and prides,
The wills and wishes that must wax and wane.
Pleasures come and go; love abides,

The truth within the truths that chafe and chide,
The truth that after truths expire remains.
The wise know well the rhythms of the tides,

The anguish and the happiness that ride
The waves' wild wash across life's sandy plain.
Pleasures come and go; love abides.
The wise know well the rhythms of the tides.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon. Free for personal or non-commercial use.

Audio and Video Music: Beneath the Moonlight.
By Aaron Kenny. Music free to use at YouTube.



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