A Lawrentian Call to Carpe Diem

The cure for unsuccess in love?
The test of whether love will last?
Go abroad a year or so,
Or so old bachelors, spinsters say.
She’s just a girl, her ignorance vast,
So give her time to think and pray,
Learn languages she does not know,
See what greatness reigns above
(Marble tomb should show her that).
Break her will’s what you really mean—
The urge to live in the here and now,
Not some prude’s Beulah, with curds ‘n’ cat.
The quickened blood’s the sacred vow.
Every other pledge, obscene.

William Ruleman is Professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including creative writing and literature, with a specialization in modern poetry in English. His poems have appeared in Acumen, Candelabrum, East River Review, The New Formalist, The Sonnet Scroll, The Galway Review, and Poetry Salzburg Review.