Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

Loving Don Quixote – Elaine Feinstein

Loving Don Quixote

Even now I love you, gentle Knight
          of the Rueful Countenance,
because I have always fallen most deeply
          in love with vulnerable men ---
 ---not losers exactly, but dream-led searchers,
       driven by a mad need to excel--- 
 boldly pursuing glory in second hand  clothes
or---  like my father, who left school at twelve---
      wearing his top hat in the  President’s box.
Yet they were nobler than the world they entered,
      their poor decisions readily forgiven
as we forgive children who  contrive
       to play for honour without calculation
simply to make sense of being alive.