I happened to come across Lang Leav’s page on Facebook a few months ago. She had posted a few of the verses from her book on the page which were really good. Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was later granted a coveted Churchill Fellowship. So I decided to read her book, Love and Misadventure a collection of short poems.
The book is divided into three parts- Misadventure, Circus of Sorrows and Love, thus exploring every emotion connected with love.
I have shared a few verses that became my favourite
1.Afraid to Love
I turn away and close my heart—
to the promise of love that is luring.
For the past has taught to not be caught,
in what is not worth pursuing—
To never do the things I’ve done
that once had led to my undoing
2. In Two Parts
You come and go so easily,
your life is as you knew—
while mine is split in two.
How I envy so the half of me,
who lived before love’s due,
who was yet to know of you
We had no ending,
no said good-bye.
For all my life,
I’ll wonder why.
4. A Question
“Do you love me?” I ask.
In your hesitation I found my answer.
5. The Keeper
You were like a dream,
I wish I hadn’t slept through.
Within it I fell deeper,
Than your heart would care to let you.
I thought you were a keeper,
I wish I could have kept you.
6. The Girl He Loves
I tried to love him as his friend,
then to love him as his lover;
but he never loved me in the end—
his heart was for another.
7. First Love
Before I fell in love with words,
with setting skies and singing birds—
it was you I fell in love with first.
8. Some Time Out
The time may not be prime for us,
though you are a special person.
We may be just two different clocks,
that do not tock, in unison.
The best is usually spared for the last-
There is nothing more nice,
there is nothing much worser;
than me as your vice
and you as my versa.
Lang Leav’s new book “Lullabies” has been released recently. I will read it soon and post about it. If you like reading short poems, you should read it once, its actually worth it!