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Essential Poems (to Fall in Love With)
By Goodwin, Daisy
HarperCollins PublishersISBN: 0060560843
In the Mood For Love
Romance -- like the car keys, your birth certificate, and an empty taxi -- is never there when you need it. The conventional wisdom is to get out there and meet people, which is great for the organizers of car maintenance courses and salsa classes; but don't sign on the dotted line unless you are really fascinated by carburetors or enjoy close proximity to new varieties of aftershave. Far better to join a nunnery or sign up for a six-month stint on Mount Athos, where no woman has set foot in thousands of years, because the only guarantee is that when you do find love, it will be when you least expect it.
It is silly --
This waiting for love
In a parlour,
When love is singing up and down the alley
Without a collar.
Where the Single Men Go in Summer
There is an island in a far-off sea,
Well hid, for to divulge its latitude were treason,
Whereto in swallow-flocks, and silently,
The single men migrate in summer season.
The millions of single men, having fled all year,
Come to this island utterly exhausted,
Murmur a brief thanksgiving on the pier,
Then breakfast on peanut butter and a chocolate
They tell male stories in the idioms of all nations,
Listen to ball games on the radio,
Hear minstrels celebrate the consummations
Of remarkable business deals. They never go
Away from this sanctuary till the season's sped.
In the summer hotels all over the world, the sad single girls
Wait in vain
For the One -- personable, solvent, unwed --
Who might, but never does, arrive on the next train.
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