A Love Sestina

A sestina is a poem with six stanzas of six lines plus a final triplet (called an “envoi”), all stanzas having the same six words at the line-ends in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern, and with all six words appearing in the envoi. In this sestina, the six words are love, heart, kiss, smile, time, and hold.

~~ A Love Sestina ~~

The warmth of your sweet love
does fill my yearning heart.
It burns within our kiss
and sparkles in your smile,
such that the flow of time
is gently put on hold.

Together we will hold
a crucible of love.
We’ll stir it over time
and forge a common heart
whose beating makes us smile,
compelling us to kiss.

It’s you I long to kiss!
My lucky lips will hold
the sweet taste of your smile
(which yields the words of love
that wells up from your heart)
until the end of time.

Let’s always make some time
to steal another kiss
and strengthen thus our heart.
Our future will then hold,
created by our love,
ten thousand ways to smile.

I think about your smile
and of the lucky time
we started making love,
beginning with a kiss;
how gently you did hold
my gaze and touch my heart!

When I first won your heart
and you flashed me a smile,
I knew you’d always hold
keys to the vault of time;
we’d seal it with a kiss
and bury it in love.

You hold my heart, my love!
Your smile I’ll ever kiss.
We’ll bind the hands of time.

– Paul Raworth Bennett

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