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Louise Glück: Happiness

I desire to write a poem as beautiful as this, for you, P. Bear with the amateurish work of mine, in the meantime. 😉

A man and a woman lie on a white bed.
It is morning. I think
Soon they will waken.
On the bedside table is a vase
of lilies; sunlight
pools in their throats.
I watch him turn to her
as though to speak her name
but silently, deep in her mouth--
At the window ledge,
once, twice,
a bird calls.
And then she stirs; her body
fills with his breath.

I open my eyes; you are watching me.
Almost over this room
the sun is gliding.
Look at your face, you say,
holding your own close to me
to make a mirror.
How calm you are. And the burning wheel
passes gently over us.

Jona | Backpacking with a Book

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8 Comments

  1. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    Very nice. 🙂

  2. pawie28 says:

    I guess you will have to practice by writing many, many more for me! love, P

  3. westwood says:

    Very nice. Heteronormative, but good choice still 🙂

  4. S.D. Lagar says:

    Can I share this one? I’m in awe.

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