Today, from a distance, I saw you, walking away, and without a sound the glittering face of a glacier slid into the sea. An ancient oak fell in the Cumberlands, holding only a handful of leaves, and an old woman scattering corn to her chickens looked up for an instant. At the other side of… Continue reading Ted Kooser
I want in fact more of you. In my mind I am dressing you with light; I am wrapping you up in blankets of complete acceptance and then I give myself to you. I long for you; I who usually long without longing, as though I am unconscious and absorbed in neutrality and apathy, really,… Continue reading Franz Kafka
What happens between us Happens in darkness, vanishes Easy and often as each breath. —Sylvia Plath, from “Blue Moles” The Colossus and Other Poems (Vintage, 1962)
Life is spent hovering round our tomb. Our various sicknesses are but the winds which carry us more or less near to the haven. … Death is our friend, nevertheless we do not recognise it as such, because it presents itself to us under a mask, and that mask inspires us with terror. — François-René… Continue reading François-René de Chateaubriand
Do me a favor this morning. Draw the curtain and come back to bed. Forget the coffee. We’ll pretend we’re in a foreign country, and in love. — Raymond Carver, from “The Road,” Where Water Comes Together With Other Water: Poems. (Vintage; 1 edition March 12, 1986) Originally published 1984.
Suddenly for no earthly reason I felt immensely sorry for him and longed to say something real, something with wings and a heart, but the birds I wanted settled on my shoulders and head only later when I was alone and not in need of words. — Vladimir Nabokov, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.… Continue reading Vladimir Nabokov
The Valiant Now you see how things turn out, the horse’s rump swelling behind the oak—copper flesh, green trunk—and the old man thrusting his arm out like an oar or a sign to himself to stop and consider the torrent of red leaves washing over the house, over the ivy-stained stone wall, over the girl… Continue reading Brigit Pegeen Kelly