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My mother used to say, "Sit down, dear,
and don't cry. The worst thing for a woman is her first man--the one who kills you.
After that, marriage becomes a long career."
Poor Sido! She never had another career and she knew first-hand how love ruins you.
The seducer doesn't care about his woman,
even as he whispers endearments in her ear.
Never let anyone destroy your inner spirit.
Among all the forms of truly absurd courage the recklessness of young girls is outstanding.
Otherwise there would be far fewer marriages and even fewer affairs that overwhelm marriages.
Look at me: it's amazing I'm still standing after what I went through with ridiculous courage.
I was made to suffer, but no one broke my spirit.
Every woman wants her adventure to be a feast of ripening cherries and peaches, Marseilles figs,
hot-house grapes, champagne shuddering in crystal.
Happiness, we believe, is on sumptuous display.
But unhappiness writes a different kind of play.
The gypsy gazes down into a clear blue crystal and sees rotten cherries and withered figs.
Trust me: loneliness, too, can be a feast.
Ardor is delicious, but keep your own room.
One of my husbands said: is it impossible for you to write a book that isn't about love,
adultery, semi-incestuous relations, separation?
(Of course, this was before our own separation.)
He never understood the natural law of love,
the arc from the possible to the impossible...
I have extolled the tragedy of the bedroom.
We need exact descriptions of the first passion,
so pay attention to whatever happens to you.
Observe everything: love is greedy and forgetful.
By all means fling yourself wildly into life
(though sometimes you will be flung back by life)
but don't let experience make you forgetful and be surprised by everything that happens to you.
We are creative creatures fuelled by passion.
One final thought about the nature of love.
Freedom should be the first condition of love and work is liberating (a novel about love cannot be written while you are making love).
Never underestimate the mysteries of love,
the eminent dignity of not talking about love.
Passionate attention is prayer, prayer is love.
Savor the world. Consume the feast with love.
"Two (Scholarly) Love Poems"
I Dead Sea Scrolls
I was like the words
on a papyrus apocryphon
buried in a cave at Qumran,
and you were the scholar
I had been waiting for
all my life, the one reader
who unravelled the scrolls
and understood the language
and deciphered its mysteries.
2 A Treatise on Ecstasy
Touching your body
I was like a rabbi pouring
over a treatise on ecstasy,
the message hidden in the scrolls.
I remember our delirium
as my fingers moved backwards
across the page, letter by letter,
word by word, sentence by sentence.
I was a devoted scholar
patiently tracing the secret
passages of a mysterious text.
Our room became a holy place
as my hands trembled
and my voice shook
when I recited the blessings
of a book that burst into flames.
|The Poet at Seven||4|
|Ocean of Grass||5|
|Days of 1968||8|
|The Burning of the Midnight Lamp||9|
|Idea of the Holy||17|
|Two (Scholarly) Love Poems||19|
|A Painting of Pan||21|
|Husband and Wife||24|
|Ralph Waldo Emerson||38|
|D. H. Lawrence||56|
|Federico Garcia Lorca||59|
|Zora Neale Hurston||77|
Posted November 6, 2000
TO MY LOVE MY ONLY LOVE THAT I WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND WANT TO CHERISH FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME AND YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU TOO SO THERE I WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH YOU AND ONLY YOUWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2000
Once in your lifetime You meet someone who touches your soul You set forth on unconditional love You lose youself, and all control Scored and insecure Still you saw something in me You brought me to life A person no one ever got to see You made it seem so easy But still held my hand the whole way through You knew it would be hard But you showed me what to do Now I am unafraid To lose myself, and let my feelings go I'm now one of the privileged few I can be true to myself, and let the real me show Now I can be open And you're the one that I thank For picking me up and loving the real me The day that my heart sank.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.