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CAMELOT or HAUNTED EDEN
Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
What is this love that rests inside his heart,
That succors me but lets me breathe apart?
This well from which I fetch a word, a hug,
A kiss that lets me live this day and shrug
Off demons that invade my artless brain;
This armor plate, this clasp without a chain.
This love that rocks the stress of everyday
Away from me and lightens my dismay.
This love that makes a lap for me to sink
Inside when worlds collide and I can't think.
A love that sits with ready arms to hold
My weariness when I am feeling old.
A love that loves my pride and childish grins.
A love that knows my soul and shares my sins.
A love that brought me more than one can earn,
That only luck's good fortune can discern.
Why is it then that terror sometimes grasps
My heart and squeezes it until I gasp?
My fear is of one day in Camelot,
When I will waken and my love will not.
SOURCE: The Poetry of Angela Consolo Mankiewicz, compiled by
Richard Mankiewicz, Los Angeles, California, USA, August 2017,
Poem first published in Summer 1989.
MANKIEWICZ was born
and raised in Brooklyn,
New York. Until her death
on March 7, 2017, she
lived with her husband
in Los Angeles,
Angela's poetry has
appeared in over 100
literary journals and
chapbooks include As
If, An Eye, Wired, and
Amelia 1st Prize
Grand Prize Sestina;
Jerseyworks 2nd prize
Competition; and two
Poetry is what...I work at everyday: writing, rewriting,
practicing, learning. The poetry of others is a great source of
pleasure for me, as well as frustration, escape, revelation. This
elusive art has become an essential part of me, and for that, I
[T]here are many roles [of the poet in society]:
philosopher, humanist, lover, intellectual, dreamer, storyteller,
humorist, elegist, satirist, rabble-rouser, prophet, scold and
more - basically though to express, to "document" the joys and
agonies of life providing hope in the solace that one is not alone.
ANGELA CONSOLO MANKIEWICZ: RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS RAISED
BY ROSALIENE BACCHUS, FEBRUARY 2015.