My poetic exploration of Ancient Greek words for live continues this week with a focus on ludus: playful love. Ludus is the experience of young lovers: having a crush, teasing, dancing and flirting. (It’s not a board game with four differently coloured quadrants – that’s Ludo.)
‘Playful Love’ is arranged in three quatrains with a capping couplet. The first quatrain depicts playful love in its infancy; the second features middle-aged love; the third has elderly love “mummified”.
The capping couplet delivers the resolution; if love is allowed to play regularly, it stays youthful.
Playful Love Love is a childish game: it’s hide and seek, It’s kiss-chase playgrounds buzzed with playful screams It’s pillow fighting as bounced bed springs squeak It’s dressing up, exploring adult themes. In middle age the games become constrained The skipping stops, the giggling gears cease up The reservoir of joy is slowly drained The old dog growls annoyance at the pup. At its end playful Love is mummified: Its dehydrated heart a raisin shrunk, Belief that life is fun a dream that’s died, The hope-launched party boat a ship that’s sunk. But unlike flesh, Love ages not with days It stays forever young if oft it plays.