Rod 4/16/04 Photo by Billy Iz
A Thought for Today
Make up with your roommate before the
Four Poems from In Someoneís Shadow
If you gave me children
one or ten,
I could not love you more.
For I have only love enough for you.
It takes the middle and both ends
of all the love Iíve got
to keep you safe.
and birds and trees
and summer afternoons
will have to be my good friends only.
For Iím as selfish with my love
as you are with your body
in the morning.
Donít sit that way.
Your tears fall on your breasts
like raindrops on the window ledge
and Iím reduced to nothing
but a trouble-maker
in a Barcelona chair.
If I want tears
Iíll wind the phonograph
and let it do my crying for me.
Women use their tears like poison darts.
We are not at war with love.
If Iíve been drafted once again,
Iíll pack a bag for Canada.
I have no journeys
that I care to make just now
unless itís to the middle of the bed
(and then Iíd own it all).
Where were you last night / never mind.
The room is warmer now.
-from ďIn Someoneís Shadow,Ē 1968
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