Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Love poem

I haven't posted much this Summer, not as much as I had hoped anyway. I will try and change that. I have actually been very slack on my sketchbook, I have done little drawing and writing. Its annoying but it also means I am keeping busy. Anyway thought I'd break the rut by posting this poem by John Frederick Nims. Its one of my favorite poems, I had forgotten it for a while, and then was unable to find it as I had no knowledge of the author. Anyways here it is. Happy summer Days!

'Love Poem'

My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases,
At whose quick touch all glasses chip and ring,
Whose palms are bulls in china, burs in linen,
And have no cunning with any soft thing

Except all ill-at-ease fidgeting people:
The refugee uncertain at the door
You make at home; deftly you steady
The drunk clambering on his undulant floor.

Unpredictable dear, the taxi drivers' terror,
Shrinking from far headlights pale as a dime
Yet leaping before apopleptic streetcars—
Misfit in any space. And never on time.

A wrench in clocks and the solar system. Only
With words and people and love you move at ease;
In traffic of wit expertly maneuver
And keep us, all devotion, at your knees.

Forgetting your coffee spreading on our flannel,
Your lipstick grinning on our coat,
So gaily in loves unbreakable heaven
Our souls on glory of spilt bourbon float.

Be with me, darling, early and late. Smash glasses—
I will study wry music for your sake.
For should your hands drop white and empty
All the toys of the world would break.

-John Frederick Nims

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