Sonnets on Love XIII
by Jean de Sponde
"Give me a place to stand," Archimedes said,
and I can move the world." Paradoxical, clever,
is remark which first explained the use of the lever
as an academic joke. But if that dead
sage could return to life, he would find a clear
demonstration of his idea, which is not
pure theory after all. That putative spot
exists in the love I feel for you, my dear.
What could be more immovable or stronger?
hat becomes more and more secure, the longer
it is battered by inconstancy and the stress
we find in our lives? Here is that fine fixed point
from which to move a world that is out of joint,
as he could have done, had he known a love like this.