Professing * Reflecting

Friday, August 08, 2008

Poetry Friday, Carol Ann Duffy

The Love Poem

Till love exhausts itself, longs
for the sleep of words--
           my mistress' eyes--
to lie on a white sheet, at rest
in the language--
            let me count the ways--
or shrink to a phrase like an epitaph--
           come live
with me--
or fall from its own high cloud as syllables
in a pool of verse--
           one hour with thee.

Till love gives in and speaks
in the whisper of art--
           dear heart,
how like you this?-
love's lips pursed to quotation marks
kissing a line--
           look in thy heart
and write--
love's light fading, darkening,
black as ink on a page--
           there is a garden
in her face.

How lucky am I to have found the love of my life?




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