Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wanting The Moon

by Denise Levertov

Not the moon. A flower

on the other side of the water.

The water sweeps past in flood,

dragging a whole tree by the hair,

a barn, a bridge. The flower

sings on the far bank.

Not a flower, a bird calling

hidden among the darkest trees, music

over the water, making a silence

out of the brown folds of the river's cloak.

The moon. No, a young man walking

under the trees. There are lanterns

among the leaves.

Tender, wise, merry,

his face is awake with its own light,

I see it across the water as if close up.

A jester. The music rings from his bells,

gravely, a tune of sorrow,

I dance to it on my riverbank.

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