Final Notions

It will not be simple, it will not take long
It will take little time, it will take all your thought
It will take all your heart, it will take all your breath
It will be short, it will not be simple

It will touch through your ribs, it will take all your heart
It will not take long, it will occupy all your thought
As a city is occupied, as a bed is occupied
It will take your flesh, it will not be simple

You are coming into us who cannot withstand you
You are coming into us who never wanted to withstand you
You are taking parts of us into places never planned
You are going far away with pieces of our lives


It will be short, it will take all your breath
It will not be simple, it will become your will

by Adrienne Rich

Comments (3)

Adrienne rich Is Making Me Puzzle This poem Could Be Taken In 1000 Ways
So is it about love or death?
I have always found Adrienne Rich's poetry deep and thoughtful and wise. She has always been a necessary and very important part of my life. She has kept me an honest woman who cannot run away and pretend I am just like everyone else for I have never been. Adrienne has forced me to think about life, mine and yours and everyone else's!