Poem Favoured

Thanks slynne.

Keep your eyes open when you kiss
– John Berryman

Keep your eyes open when you kiss: do: when
You kiss. All silly time else, close them to;
Unsleeping, I implore you (dear) pursue
In darkness me, as I do you again
Instantly we part .. only me both then
And when your fingers fall, let there be two
Only, ‘in that dream-kingdom’: I would have you
Me alone recognize your citizen.

Before who wanted eyes, making love, so?
I do now. However we are driven and hide,
What state we keep all other states condemn,
We see ourselves, we watch the solemn glow
Of empty courts we kiss in .. Open wide!
You do, you do, and I look into them.



  1. slynne · April 7, 2008

    This one rocks!

    I love Berryman….

  2. Ali · April 9, 2008

    Exactly. Best “line” I ever heard was “keep the lights on.” *shivers* 🙂

  3. slynne · April 10, 2008

    Good line

  4. tomachfive · April 12, 2008

    In that dream kingdom…I wonder what that is…nice imagination-fruit from that.

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