Lovely Lizzie

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Beata Beatrix – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

He feeds upon her face by day and night,
And she with true kind eyes looks back on him,
Fair as the moon and joyful as the light:
Not wan with waiting, not with sorrow dim:
Not as she is, but was when hope shone bright;
Not as she is, but as she fills his dream.
-Christina Rossetti

 

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Of Something Beautiful

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“If the moon smiled,
She would resemble you.
You leave the same impression.
Of something beautiful,
But annihilating.”
~Sylvia Plath, The Rival

In honor of Sylvia, who died 53 years ago February 11th.

Heart’s Gone to Sea…

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A REDOLENCE FOR NIMS

O triple sob — turned forty

at midnight — body at dawn

booze-soddened but hopeful,

knowing that the only thing

to remember is dreams.

Dead clear zero, Sunday afternoon

in an attic of a closed resort

on Lake Michigan with one lone

duck riding the diminishing

swells of yesterday’s storm

against the snowy cliffs of North Manitou:

Whom are we to love?

How many and what for?

My heart’s gone to sea for years.

This is a prayer, plaint, wish,

howl of void beneath breastbone.

Dreams, soul chasers, bring

back my heart alive.

~Jim Harrison