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What tenderness has caused in me
to flee the streams of love divine?
Appropriate to destiny
what tenderness has caused in me.
Our hearts though bruised can well define
the shortest paths to harmony
what tenderness has caused in me
to flee the streams of love divine.

"Weakness may excite tenderness and gratify the arrogant pride of man, but the lordly caresses of a protector will not gratify a noble mind that pants for and deserves to be respected." Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1798) Portrait by John Opie

“Weakness may excite tenderness and gratify the arrogant pride of man, but the lordly caresses of a protector will not gratify a noble mind that pants for and deserves to be respected.” Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1798) Portrait by John Opie

I care no more for his caress;
it lords from him with subtle guile.
He gathers women to impress,
I care no more for his caress.
Grown weary of his morbid style,
what need have I of loveless stress?
I care no more for his caress;
it lords from him with subtle guile.

Now those of us with noble mind
we tumble free and sweet in bed!
Our waking hours by joy refined,
now those of us with noble mind
we have no fear of what is said
in confidence again we find,
now those of us with noble mind
we tumble free and sweet in bed!

© Elaine Stirling, 2012

You can learn more about triolet, the medieval French poetry form, here.

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