Favorite Poem – As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other

by Kenneth Patchen


Patchen was an American  poet, born 1911 and died 1972. He was an influence on the Beat poets (Ginsberg, Corso, etc). I’ve read a handful of his poems; this one stood out to me. Love it.



“As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other”


As we are so wonderfully done with each other

We can walk into our separate sleep

On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies

O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one

Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers

My hands are hallowed where they touched over your

       soft curving.

It is good to be weary from that brilliant work

It is being God to feel your breathing under me

A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .

Don’t let anyone in to wake us.

Pasted from <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/179291>


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