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Words, Wide Night
Carol Ann Duffy (1955 / Glasgow / Scotland)

Words, Wide Night

Somewhere on the other side of this wide night
and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
The room is turning slowly away from the moon.

This is pleasurable. Or shall I cross that out and say
it is sad? In one of the tenses I singing
an impossible song of desire that you cannot hear.

La lala la. See? I close my eyes and imagine the dark hills I would have to cross
to reach you. For I am in love with you

and this is what it is like or what it is like in words.

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I carried this poem around in my wallet for years as it summed up so much how I felt about a person in my life who lived in another country. Rereading it now reminds me of what I felt back then.
This is so beautifully and sadly romantic. It sums up how it feels to be in love with someone and apart from them. I love it.
An unusual poem from this poet, not one of her usual subjects.
She has the gift of turning words into guided missiles; small neutron bombs of everyday passion.
I like this poet's voice- it is so innovative and fresh
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