Fools’ Folly

Fools’ Folly

A connection
electrically charged
Stopping both
in their tracks
Hearts pierced by arrows
short circuiting brains
Stupid smiles
with gibberish speech
Foolish decisions made
and caution thrown
carelessly to the winds
Castle built on sand
with foundations weak
The house of love
no more than a folly
Pretty on the outside
empty on the inside
Completely useless
and a waste of time
 
 
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Lisa is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and
she has prompted us with the word 'Folly'

Image by stephen7272 from Pixabay

  31 comments for “Fools’ Folly

  1. October 27, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Very beautifully and realistically penned.

    “The house of love
    no more than a folly
    Pretty on the outside
    empty on the inside
    Completely useless
    and a waste of time”

    I feel like this (1) describes a love that has lessened; the connection is severed, these two lovers no longer feel the way they once had or (2), this describes pure infatuation. The foundation of infatuation is not love, though on its surface, it can appear to be. Often, appearances are deceiving. Were you also inspired by the background between the Earl-Bishop and Frideswide? I think I can see some of that influence in this piece. As said, this is very beautifully written and it describes a realistic story that happens much too often, sadly.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 27, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you Lucy! I really appreciated your feedback. Yes this was based on infatuation and I was inspired by Lisa’s story ☺️ It is always folly to try and build on sand.

  2. October 27, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    A song for your poem… (maybe)
    https://youtu.be/qirAVqkdfog

    • Christine Bolton
      October 28, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Thank you Ivor. You are always able to find a song to accompany any poem! You’re amazing ☺️💕

      • October 28, 2020 at 11:58 am

        Your poems inspire me to look for an appropriate song 💙🌏🎶

      • Christine Bolton
        October 28, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        Aww thanks Ivor 🥰

  3. October 27, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    It’s moon madness. Fun while it lasts though! 🙂 Great description of mutual infatuation.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 27, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Lisa ☺️

  4. October 27, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Obsession with a fantasy throws caution to the wind and the sand castle falls…too true!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 28, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Lynn. I think people who rush into marriage/partnerships would agree that it rarely works and those who do succeed must have a hell of a time ironing out the wrinkles! 😳🤣

  5. October 28, 2020 at 4:57 am

    Excellently done, you’ve captured the feeling of infatuation here, how it can completely take over our lives… if we’re not careful. But are we in control?

    • Christine Bolton
      October 28, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Thank you so much Francis. ☺️ I think we are only in control when we face up to the mistake 😟

  6. October 28, 2020 at 5:17 am

    I love this – reminds me of my Grandma (mother to 7 children): ‘that part only lasts five minutes then you’re stuck ironing shirts.’🤣 Hopefully doesn’t always have to be that way!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 28, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Thank Ingrid. Oh poor grandma! Thankfully we have a little more of a voice these days – not much, but better than in those days. We have to continue to fight for everything ☺️

      • October 28, 2020 at 9:55 am

        We certainly do!!

  7. October 28, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Nice one, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 28, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Jay! 🙂

      • October 28, 2020 at 12:55 pm

        YW Christine!

  8. October 28, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    The void inside is what scares me most… if it’s love or a house.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 29, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Yes, too easy to fall in love with the idea of love, rather than love itself. Without love, it is empty and hollow.

  9. October 28, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Wonderfully done, Christine! Infatuation can lead to heartbreak.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 29, 2020 at 9:59 am

      Thank you my friend ☺️🥰

      • October 29, 2020 at 1:37 pm

        My pleasure, dear. 🤗🥰

  10. October 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Christine this ended in frustration, almost giving up. A house lovely on the outside empty on the inside, that’s truthfully how many people live their lives. There’s a melancholy truth in what you’ve written here.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 29, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Rob. Yes I agree, some choose to live their life that way. Loneliness? Security? who knows? Its quite sad.

  11. November 3, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Lust is definitely not a good predictor of relationships!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 3, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      I wonder what life would be like if it was!!! ☺️

      • November 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm

        Better? 😉

      • Christine Bolton
        November 4, 2020 at 9:08 am

        Probably!

      • November 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

        🙂

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