Falling in love

To fall in love is lack,
a loss of gravity;
the weightless sense
of jumping from a cliff
without a parachute.

To fall in love is windswept hair
and bravery
the kind of drop you think is end-
less until …

— smack —

you hit the ground
and realize that loneliness
is being wingless,
it’s blood
and broken bones.

Icarus by Henri Matisse

Tomorrow it’s Open Link at dVerse, join us at 9 PM for poetry. Gayle is hosting and you can share any poem you like. This is a poem loosely inspired by Angie.

34 responses to “Falling in love

  1. There are so many things I like about this poem like “a loss of gravity,” and “without a parachute.” But my favorite line is “To fall in love is windswept hair and bravery.”

  2. “To fall in love is windswept hair” … I agree with this, but not the rest … not when it’s real.

  3. Geeez! you captured that feeling so so so so so so well! the loss of gravity. the bravery. geez, this is one of my fave from you, Bjorn. 🙂

  4. You’ve gone all out, Bjorn, and there is so much to comment on. I particularly like the rhyme strung our from the opening line – lack – to the single line stanza – smack. I also love the lines:
    ‘To fall in love.is…
    the weightless sense
    of jumping from a cliff
    without a parachute’
    and.
    ‘…loneliness
    is being wingless,
    it’s blood
    and broken bones’.

  5. I love ‘To fall in love is windswept hair’ and the way you have crafted this poem, especially with the pause, space and ‘smack’ in the middle.

  6. Solitude and loneliness need not be synonymous … but the SMACK part? now that’s unavoidable when love ends! Great write, as always!

  7. With love, it’s just one damn thing after another; wonderful discourse on the human condition. One can see how some people, after the smack, side-step love for a time–until suddenly, across a crowded room, eyes lock & heart flutters

  8. Each line was so delightful to read. I really like the style of your poems, it makes me content more interesting to read. I really like the lines,
    “you hit the ground
    and realize that loneliness
    is being wingless”

  9. To fall in love is windswept hair
    and bravery
    the kind of drop you think is end-
    less until …

    — smack —
    LOVED this one, Bjorn. I key in on the word “bravery” here….to fall in love is bravery and then SMACK if you are let down….or SOAR if it is true love.
    I do love the one sentence stanza and the shift in words and tenor in the last stanza.

  10. So sorry, unexpected visitors last night have made me rather late in responding to your piece. This is very clever and skilfully woven Bjorn and the playfulness in tone only adds to its lustre

  11. Hmmm, yes, and if we are always waiting for that crack of broken bones, we will never venture off the cliff… Great metaphors, very visual and auditive!

  12. To fall in love or to be alone? Each choice has a price. The cost of one makes the other choice seem great. I like your description of both.

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