/ If Eco has his way
/ Only in inverted commas can Valentines say
/ ‘I love you’
/ Which I do
/ It’s true
/ And darling please feel free…
Kiss me with rain on your eyelashes,
come on, let us sway together,
under the trees, and to hell with thunder.
suddenly spring –
/ my heart and the river,
/ full to bursting
/ amid the rush-hour bustle,
/ I blush.
/ I smile just thinking of you.
Keeping and forgetting time,
/ my pulse to your pulse, rhythm and rhyme
That I choose you or
/ you choose me to
/ make our lives together is
/ a lie:
/ whatever binds us
/ is whatever holds…
Clear as the endless ecstasy of stars
/ That mount for ever on an intense air;
Tenderness is mandatory.
/ Careless lurches may draw blood,
/ enthusiasms leave abrasions,
/ excessive ardour has been known
/ to snap off spinal plates.
/ There is the constant…
Maybe love is a walk to astonishment.
/ Or a ship stranded on the shore of oblivion.
/ The infinity in the atom,
/ the treasures…
O, love, love, love!
Love is like a dizziness;
It winna let a puir body
Gang about his biziness!
Wanted a husband who doesn’t suppose,
/ That all earthly employments one feminine knows, –
/ That she’ll scrub, do the cleaning,…
XII. Orpheus …