Monday, September 11, 2006

Say you love me

While we are on the topic of things women ask men:

"I am haunted
by the feeling that she is saying
melting lords of death, avalanches,
rivers and moments of passing through.
And I am replying, "Yes, yes.
Shoes and pudding."
- Jack Gilbert, 'Say you love me'
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5 comments:

sowmya said...

Is there any place you know where I could read this poem online?
I tried looking for it, but can't find it.

Ash said...

Same here ... looke dup Jack Gilbert and found a couple of poems I liked .. not this one though. A link would be great !

Falstaff said...

sowmya / ash: Sorry, don't know of any place where the full poem's available online. Here it is in its entirety though:

Are the angels of her bed the angels
who come near me alone in mine?
Are the green trees in her window
the color I see in ripe plums?
If she always sees backward
and upside down without knowing it
what chance do we have? I am haunted
by the feeling that she is saying
melting lords of death, avalanches,
rivers and moments of passing through.
And I am replying, "Yes, yes.
Shoes and pudding."

- Jack Gilbert 'Say you love me' from his 2005 collection Refusing Heaven.

Gauravonomics said...

Intriguing funny-sad thought.

tom said...

Err... apropos of the earlier discussion, I can't resist suggesting perhaps it isn't 'she' who sees "backward and upside down", but 'he'!