Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Kama Sutra of Kindness: Position Number 3

It's easy to love

through a cold spring
when the poles
of the willows
turn green
pollen falls like
a yellow curtain
and the scent of
Paper Whites
the air

but to love for a lifetime
takes talent

you have to mix yourself
with the strange
beauty of someone
wake each morning
for 72,000
mornings in
a row so
breathed and
bound and
that you can hardly
sort out
your arms

you have to
find forgiveness
in everything
even ink stains
and broken

you have to be willing to move through
the way the long
grasses move
in a field
when you careen
blindly toward
the other

there's never going to be anything
straight or predictable
about your path
except the
and the springing

you just go on walking for years
hand in hand
waist deep in the weeds
bent slightly forward
like two question
and all the while it

my dear
it burns beautifully above
and goes on
like a relentless

"The Kama Sutra of Kindness: Position Number 3" by Mary Mackey, from Breaking the Fever. ©
Here is someone's take on this poem.
In other news, I sent this picture to The Esteemed Elder Sister to let her know that her secret superhero identity was out. She also looked through the t-shirts available from Natalie Dee, Married to the Sea and Toothpaste for Dinner. She called me laughing so hard she was wheezing, so I am considering the entire venture a success.


weirsdo said...

That poem is really beautiful. Perhaps I will give it to Dr. Weirsdo on his upcoming bday.

Logophile said...

I love it.
The Writer's Almanac sent it out toward the end of February. I saved it and I keep coming back to reread it. Just lovely, and real.

Breaking the Fever evidently had some other great content as well.
I could spend a lot of money on poetry books if I had the budget for it.

lime said...

how did i miss that on WA? how odd.

anxiety girl to the rescue! breaking out in a cold sweat....

S said...

Oh that is really really lovely....