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Lambda Prothalamion (from 1992)


Though states may claim inherent right

To judge the bond where humans might

Find peace, and love, and tenderness,

I say in all my earnestness:

Let bride and bride, let groom and groom,

decide their fate! No legal broom

Should sweep away two tender lives;

No church should kill that which survives.

Called “love that dare not speak its name”

(As if it was a source of shame!)

Its boldest claim is nothing more

Than sharing truth and Heaven's store.

Though groom and groom, though bride and bride,

What curse is this? Why should they hide

Because you say they love in crime?

Nature herself remains sublime

In spite of culture's bigotry,

In spite of your solemnity.

Let love alone remain supreme:

In your own soul yourself redeem.

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Larsen M. Callirhoe

my dad thinks gay people is an abomination to God and they are damned to hell because of what the bible says. my reasoning is the same as yours is it a crime to love another human being of the same sex gender as yourself? i say no let the love be as it is. some very powerful lines in your anthem here. enjoyed.



Larsen M. Callirhoe

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Unusual to encounter such weighty subject matter in couplet verse although you present it in a most lucid way. The decriminalization of consenting adult male homosexual partners (UK 1963) was a milestone in our history. Prior to that I can recall people being driven to suicide rather than have it known publicly what was for them normal. Attitudes towards many things have changed dramatically here in the last 4 decades; generally people tend to be more tolerant, possibly due to political correctness and a more open society. One of my friends says “you can't choose who you love” another says “love is where you find it.” But we all agree with the words of an old song-- “Nor life I owe nor liberty for Love is Lord of all.”

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Thanks, Vic and Ben. And, to Ben, "Alan Turing". 'Nuff said.

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Well composed, Marti. And way back in '92 !!!


Though I, myself, would prefer to refrain from asking the government for permission to do that which is a natural right, I realize that's often easier said than done. The more tyrannical the government, the more perilous exercising one's God-given rights becomes. But people will often apply for a license to obtain a benefit, and Patrick Henry did not proclaim, "Give me liberty or give me benefits!"



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