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Galway Kinnell - Poem Of Night

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I move my hand over 
slopes, falls, lumps of sight,
Lashes barely able to be touched,
Lips that give way so easily
it's a shock to feel underneath them

The bones smile.

Muffled a little, barely cloaked,
Zygoma, maxillary, turbinate.

2

I put my hand
On the side of your face,
You lean your head a little
Into my hand--and so,
I know you're a dormouse
Taken up in winter sleep,
A lonely, stunned weight.

3

A cheekbone,
A curved piece of brow,
A pale eyelid
Float in the dark,
And now I make out
An eye, dark,
Wormed with far-off, unaccountable lights.

4

Hardly touching, I hold
What I can only think of
As some deepest of memories in my arms,
Not mine, but as if the life in me
Were slowly remembering what it is.

You lie here now in your physicalness,
This beautiful degree of reality.

5

And now the day, raft that breaks up, comes on.

I think of a few bones
Floating on a river at night, 
The starlight blowing in a place on the water,
The river leaning like a wave towards the emptiness.

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Poet: Galway Kinnell
Poem: Poem Of Night
Poem of the Day: Oct 18 2006

Comment 1 of 1, added on May 5th, 2007 at 1:38 PM.

This is so beautiful!!! I wonder what inspiered the writer?

Emily from Armenia

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