Noble pursuits of gracious souls
Perfume the garden where resides
That unattainable courteous devotion
Walled in by ideals or ruled out as unruly.
Minstrels build castles in the air bending the ears of
Exquisite maidens who never age or change;
Box hedges and labyrinths lead the applicants
To bowers of roses where turtle doves nest.
Peacocks flutter their shrill voices and
Cause the construction to tumble and fall
Dreams easily shatter when visions become overblown.
Courtly love was ever under siege:
Every victory left perpetual misery in its wake
© HMH, 2014