by Eric Martin

Elaira, to prove
The excess of my love,
I swear by this unchanging star
To hold fast evermore
To the one I adore
With a loyalty time cannot mar.

For lo, it is told
Of the lovers of old
That to swear by this star is an act
Of undying affection
Not grief nor dejection
Can shame — ‘t is an adamant pact.

When you look to its light
In the darkness of night,
And recall the dear days of our youth,
Please remember that there’s
A young man who still cares
For thee only, whose words speak love’s truth.

That when newer delights,
Or reflection incites
Thee to banish from thought childish love,
This bright witness afar —
This immutable star —
May invoke thee such thoughts to reprove.

© 2008 by Eric Martin




About the Author

Eric Martin's poems and translations have appeared in nearly fifty print and online journals throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain, including The Barefoot Muse, Calenture, Centrifugal Eye, Contemporary Rhyme, Lucid Rhythms, The Road Not Taken, Trellis Magazine, and forthcoming (May 2008) in the Concelebratory Shoehorn Review. A complimentary copy of his chapbook, The Death of Orpheus, and Other Poems, Original and Translated, can be requested at:


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