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“Love” Poems For Kathy Number Seventeen

I TAKE THESE GREEN-LACED LEAVES

I take these green-laced leaves,

this pageantry of spring,

these subtle buds to flowers,

the honeyed blossoms and the ivory race of clouds

the windy dawns have set in motion,

I take all these, and more :

these bluebells

purple with commotion (yet to cover forest-floors!),

these hyacinths that out of more and still more

wild-flowering centres, bring forth myrrh and fume,

I take all these, and the larks that fill and fill further

every horizon as if none held but for

the nutshell-necessity of being tilled

to a central opalescence of singing pearl –

yes, all these, and pearls, voluptuous empires,

I take, I take all these, and you, yes, you,

my dark-haired darling crying on an apple-blossom pillow,

a wavering petal in petals, dark-leafed, of willow, I take forever,

for forever’s sake, all these, for you, all you.

(from “”Love” Poems For Kathy / Green. Laced. Leaves”)

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