Riff On Marriage After Reading Thoreau

by Amy Belding Brown

When Aphrodite's drunken hymn
dupes intellect and common sense,
obedience to nature's whim
grants passion's fleeting recompense.

Who would be wed to genius knows
that principle must marry art
and duty's covenant dispose
by patient labor of the heart.

May 26, 2002

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