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Sonnet: O This be Love

(Companion to immediately prior offering “The Red and White Ball” ~ centerpiece of the seven-sonnet series commissioned for that performance)


Recorded Reading (1:10):


O This be Love

O this be love, wherein one single frown
Unkind allusion, or a darkened brow
Do all the lover’s hopes bring crashing down
Nor any gleam of happiness allow

O this be love, which waits upon a smile
As on the outcome of a worldwide war,
For whom one glance may eas’ly reconcile
Any divergence which hath gone before

O this be love, when hell and heaven wait
Upon the pleasure of the best beloved
Who, ransomless, the heart holds confiscate
In iron hand, all softly velvet gloved

Ay this be love: the best, and eke the worst
Of earthly dramas here below rehearst


This poet is physically disabled. Public housing being insufficient to her medical and creative needs, she is presently livingin order to continue workingin her minivan, publishing all of her works using one thumb on the touch screen of her smartphone at an income of a fraction of her nation’s poverty level. She would treasure any donation you might care to offer ~ ● #72D-31S



Published by Ana Daksina

Read worldwide one million times, Ana Daksina is a Troubador of the coming age.

10 thoughts on “Sonnet: O This be Love

  1. This is a beautiful series you’ve created, and these words resonate so well ~ “Ay this be love: the best, and eke the worst… Of earthly dramas here below rehearst.” The creativity of emotions in this seven-sonnet series leaves us longing for the next. Well done, Ana.

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    1. The other six were lost along with 1500 pages of early unpublished works the first time I was made homeless. I reconstructed about fifty or one hundred of them from memory before going on to create the further 4,000 featured on this site ~ this sonnet was one I rescued.


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