Sonnet 6 (In Silence Shall My Love Abide)

©2003 Alden Drake (Paul A. Haines)

How can I write on love when I know not
The words to say, nor treasures to present.
For all good words have poets used the lot
And trinkets only show the money spent.
My spirit sings a song that none can hear,
But every verse to prove love has been sung.
My soul I’d trap for you in diamonds clear,
But they would pale if ‘round your neck they hung.
I’d triumph in your name upon the field,
Or stand against a charging army’s mass,
But just one look from you and I would yield
My life and sleep in peace beneath the grass.
While I stand ever ready by your side,
For now in silence shall my love abide.