Saturday, August 18, 2007

duly noted

"Nantucket" by William Carlos Williams

Flowers through the window
lavender and yellow

changed by white curtains--
Smell of cleanliness--

Sunshine of late afternoon--
On the glass tray

a glass pitcher, the tumbler
turned down, by which

a key is lying--And the
immaculate white bed.

"We think that William Carlos William's "Nantucket" captures what is really a romantic and , if we're honest with ourselves, false ideal of aloneness: We imagine "flowers though the window" instead of looming darkness, and "smell of cleanliness" instead of the smell of diaper pails; we long for the simplicity of a single pitcher, a single tumbler, an immaculate white bed. But we think that reading these poems can help lead to the knowledge that relationships are not immaculate, not pure; they are often messy, occasionally smelly, and they sometimes feel hopeless. If, though, you can give up the impossible desire for perfection, you may realize that a bad night or two, some uncertainty, and some feelings of alienation will be a part of any relationship worth hanging on to." --from You Drive Me Crazy: Love Poems for Real Life

♥, Tiffany Anne

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