Friday, December 16

song

Poem: "Song" by Allen Ginsberg from Collected Poems 1947-1980. © Harper Collins.

Song
The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction
the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.

Who can deny?
In dreams
it touches
the body,
in thought
constructs
a miracle,
in imagination
anguishes
till born
in human—
looks out of the heart
burning with purity-
for the burden of life
is love,
but we carry the weight
wearily,
and so must rest
in the arms of love
at last,
must rest in the arms
of love.
No rest
without love,
no sleep
without dreams
of love—
be mad or chill
obsessed with angels
or machines,
the final wish
is love—
cannot be bitter,
cannot deny,
cannot withhold

if denied:
the weight is too heavy—
must give
for no return
as thought
is given
in solitude
in all the excellence
of its excess.
The warm bodies
shine together
in the darkness,
the hand moves
to the center
of the flesh,
the skin trembles
in happiness
and the soul comes
joyful to the eye—
yes, yes,
that's what
I wanted,
I always wanted,
I always wanted,
to return
to the body
where I was born.

2 comments:

paper mache art said...

Loved your Poem...very nice. You should write more of them..
Thought i'd drop you a note so you'd know, yes people do read these things.....

stefanie said...

yum. i forgot about ginsberg ;)