THE SPLENDID LOVE

The poet's story strikes a tender chord
In hearts of men and women young and old.
He thus attains the ultimate reward,
More treasured than a million copies sold.
In truth, as very often has been told,
He's nourished by a reader's mere delight,
Which fuels his compelling need to write.

A camaraderie hence does exist
Between a poet and his readers fair,
Much like a baby smiles when he is kissed,
Or like God's gentle answer to a prayer.
The poet and the reader are a pair
Who thrive upon what each one has to give --
May such a splendid love forever live.

Copyright 1997 Ruth Gillis

Previously published in The Candlelight Poetry Journal Fall 1997

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