Greatest Loves in History
The greatest loves in history
Lasted for life of the lovers,
Because they had faith and trust
In each other, they believed in
Their love wholly,
They gave their heart and soul
To that union of sacredness,
Even if all others were against that love.
Love is stronger than anything on Earth,
It is even stronger and goes beyond death,
True love is true bliss, eternal, immortal,
No threats or societal judgements
Could lead their hearts astray,
Mark Antony and Cleopatra
Defied their governments to hold true
To their love for each other.
When Mark Antony was dying,
From a self-inflicted wound,
When he thought Cleopatra was dead,
He found the way to his beloved
In the sealed mausoleum where she hid,
From those who would kill her,
When Antony died Cleopatra followed him
In death, to be with him eternally.
Romeo and Juliet defied their
Fueding families and secretly married,
For their love was stronger
Than the hate surrounding them.
They died together, for nothing outside
The heart and soul of their love
Could prevent them from loving each other,
They preferred love in death to being torn apart.
From the earliest of times
Poets have portrayed love as sacred,
True love, such as Shakespeare
And other great poets wrote,
Rendered love as so strong
Not even death could break that bond,
Their love stories ended in tragedy
To symbolize the faith of true and eternal love.
The Greek myth of Psyche and Eros,
Written by Apuleius in the 2nd century AD,
Is the most beautiful love story ever written,
For it tells of a love that overcame all
Obstacles, even when Psyche in the dark
Believed her lover was a beast,
Their love was so beautiful, so perfect,
She loved the beauty within him, his soul, his whole being.
Psyche and Eros is a story of the deepest
Kind of love, a bond of faith and trust,
Against all odds they remained true
To each other and would die together
Rather than be separated.
Zeus, god of all gods, was so impressed
With such a strong and true love,
He made Psyche immortal, like Eros.
From the classic myths and legends
To the lovers of today,
The greatest loves are eternal, immortal,
And can overcome all obstacles
Which stand in their path to glory,
The glory of living each moment
Of life with each other,
Knowing their love will be forever.
When that kind of love exists
Every breath they each take is as one,
It is the gentle flutter of wings on a dove
That carries lovers on a cloud,
Or the passion of a fierce all-consuming wind
That bursts forth like a volcanic eruption
To leave lovers clinging to each other
In breathless abandon.
I give to my beloved all the love I hold,
I know my love for you
Is immortal, for it is so strong
We will be as one star in the heavens,
Glowing with pure joy of our love
For all time, one of the greatest loves,
Even if I die tomorrow, I have no fear,
For our love will be eternal.
© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns