Tolstoy's War And Peace
Poem By Thomas Bates
Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' - events and history
(also, Love) caught
in the making: these years
surrounding the year 1812: a time of
marriages, destruction and rebirth - memories
full of battle and reverence and
tomfoolery; foolish claims and
passion for winning over another nation.
Russia was infiltrated by Napoleon's
supposedly ingenious advances.
mean while, in my life with you outside those pages
I felt a change, too - a shifting in the air
before fully realizing
entered the room.
(it's happened like this before,
like the senses growing faint and
to someone unexpectedly approaching.)
there are 'givers' and there are 'takers'
and finders and those who weep
but I wanted nothing more
than to take some of the warmth you gave me freely,
some new avenue of human truth to
pursue.my gaze concentrated too much on books every day
and maybe memories, too,
of mingled fear and joy
maybe one day my heart will forgive my wandering aside
from the life I shared with you
and provide the flourish
of moving further along
from a life dragged by secrecy
and eyes reprimanded by the scenery,
coming into my life
a sudden and naked modesty.