in love you have loosened yourself like sea water :
I can scarcely measure the sky’s most spacious eyes
and I lean down to your mouth to kiss the earth.
from ‘El Amor” En Ti La Tierra / ‘Love’ In You the Earth
I should have thought
in dream you would have brought
some lovely perilous thing.
orchids piled high in a great sheath,
as who would say ( in a dream)
I send you this,
who left the blue veins
of your throat unkissed
Why was it that your hands
( that never took mine)
your hands that I could see
drift over the orchid head
your hands, so fragile, sure to lift
so gently, the fragile flower stuff—
ah, ah, how was it
You never sent ( in a dream)
the very form, the very scent,
not heavy, not sensuous,
but perilous— perilous—
of orchids, piled in a great sheath,
and folded underneath on a bright scroll
Flower sent to flower;
for white hands, the lesser white,
less lovely of flower leaf,
Lover to lover, no kiss,
no touch, but forever and ever this.
You will hear thunder and remember me
And think: she wanted storms. The rim
Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson.
And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.
from ‘You Will Hear Thunder’
trans. D. M. Thomas
“An April sky, beautiful violet sky, with gentle preludes of starlight…..”
Juan Ramón Jiménez
‘The dank night is sweeping down from the sky
and the setting stars incline our heads to sleep.’
The Aeneid, trans. Robert Fagles
“For years I have driven toward you in spring rain.
Storm sky of green marble…..”
The Weight Of Oranges,
“What the Light Teaches”
“To know the earth under one’s foot and go in wild delight,
ways where there is water.”
Malcolm Lowry, Ultramarine