William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Thursday, 30, July, 2009

Every Man’s Heart

Filed under: Poetry — williamthecoroner @ 20:43

fire opal hillsI’ll tell you an old tale I learned in a rhyme, There are four women in every man’s heart.

Though the ages of love they pass one at a time, Hold you together, tear you apart.

As you carelessly gather the wildflowers of youth, A maid in the meadow will run by your side.

She will tell you of tenderness, courage, and truth, Innocence blooms with the flowers that die.

It’s only an old tale I learned in a rhyme, There are four women in every man’s heart.

Though the ages of love they pass one at a time, To hold you together, tear you apart.

Cold cloak of loneliness blankets your soul, The demon lover will burn at your breast.

Her passion’s the furnace; your body’s the coals, Love is the steel to be tempered and pressed.

It’s only an old tale I learned in a rhyme, There are four women in every man’s heart.

Though the ages of love they pass one at a time, To hold you together, tear you apart.

You’re lost and you’re tossed on the ocean of life,

A stout-hearted woman will give you her hand. She is more than a lover; she’s more than a wife; A beckoning beacon to guide you to land.

It’s only an old tale I learned in a rhyme There are four women in every man’s heart. Though the ages of love they pass one at a time, To hold you together, tear you apart.

Rake through the embers of love you will find, The tall quiet woman who shines through your eyes. Into the shadows that burden your mind, Peace and contentment, the wanderer’s prize.

It’s only an old tale I learned in a rhyme, There are four women in every man’s heart. Where will the place be and when is the time, To bring you together, keep you apart?

Archie Fisher 2008 Image Fire Opal Laura Coombs Hills 1899

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7 Comments »

  1. OK, you are right. Our best contemporary poets seem to be song writers. Are our best contemporary storytellers film makers? Or are the keepers of our culture more broadly distributed . . .

    Comment by Anne Bonney — Friday, 31, July, 2009 @ 13:34 | Reply

    • I don’t know. Certes there are talented people writing plays and screenplays. Is the process so convoluted as to destroy the stories? Compare Dune the book and Dune the film.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Friday, 31, July, 2009 @ 14:05

  2. This is a complete rip-off from Annie Proulx’s novel “Shipping News,” where Billy Pretty describes to Quoyle the four women in every man’s heart: the Demon Lover, the Stout-hearted Woman, Maids in the Meadow, the Tall and Quiet Woman.

    Comment by Rip Off — Monday, 24, August, 2009 @ 16:14 | Reply

    • You will note that the author of the song is Archie Fisher. Where he got his material, I do not know.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Monday, 24, August, 2009 @ 16:33

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  4. Hi,
    Where did you find that picture of the woman reading the book? Your poem was the best!
    Thank you,
    Debby

    Comment by Debby — Saturday, 16, January, 2010 @ 22:46 | Reply

    • The picture is from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, I believe. The poem is Scottish traditional via Archie Fisher.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Sunday, 17, January, 2010 @ 10:08


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