To look, to touch, to hold,
To squeeze, to smell, to kiss,
To unhappily release.
These truths still untold
Block the blow of our bliss!
To love from the shiver of the skin,
From the blood and the flesh and the bone
To the flame for a soul within...
To love and to feel alone.
To try to touch the incandescence,
To reach the limpness of a cloud,
To hurt both company and ausence,
To jump, to fly, to fall.
To cry and to pray and to kiss again
In a poisoning paradox of desire,
To feel as cold as ice and hot like melting fire.
In spite of the time,
In spite of morality,
In inspite of our parents,
Of our own anxiety,
In inspite of the world
And whatever watches from above,
In spite of ourselves,
To love and to pray and to hurt again
To jump, to fly, to fall,
To feel Hell and Heaven at the reach of a hand
But to know nothing at all.
"Daphnis and Chloe" is a 2nd century AD novel by Greek author Longus. The two naming protagonists, Daphnis, 15, and Chloe, 13, are teenagers who struggle with growing up and their innocence on the matters of love and ***. Beautifully written, a must read with no doubt!