A Pretty Song

From the complications of loving you
I think there is no end or return.
No answer, no coming out of it.

Which is the only way to love, isn’t it?
This isn’t a playground, this
earth, our heaven, for a while.

Therefore I have given precedence
to all my sudden, sullen, dark moods
that hold you in the center of my world.

And I say to my body: grow thinner still.
And I say to my fingers, type me a pretty song.
And I say to my heart: rave on.

(Mary Oliver, Thirst)

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2 thoughts on “A Pretty Song

  1. For over 40 years, she had a life partner, Molly Malone Cook, who passed away in 2005. “Thirst” is again dedicated to Cook. This sums up their relationship, and it’s touching: “We were talkers — about our work, our pasts, our friends, our ideas ordinary and far-fetched. We would often wake before there was light in the sky and make coffee and let our minds rattle our tongues. We would end in exhaustion and elation. Not many nights or early mornings later, we would do the same. It was a 40-year conversation.” Ganda. Sigh.

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