Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Poem of True Love for Valentine's Day

If this isn't true love, then there is no such thing!  Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Love Poem
by John Frederick Nims

My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases,
At whose quick touch all glasses chip and ring,
Whose hands are bulls in china, burs in linen,
And have no cunning with any soft thing

Except all ill-at-ease people:
The refugee uncertain at the door
You make at home; deftly you steady
The drunk clambering on his undulating floor.

Unpredictable dear, the taxi driver's terror,
Shrinking from far headlights pale as a dime
Yet leaping before red apoplectic streetcars - 
A misfit in any space.  And never on time.

A wrench in the clocks and the solar system.  Only
with words and people and love do you move at ease.
In traffic of wit, gently maneuver
And keep us, all devotion, at your knees.

Forgetting your coffee spreading on our flannel,
Your lipstick grinning on our coat.
So gaily in love's unbreakable heaven,
Our souls, on the glory of spilt bourbon float.

Be with me darling, early and late.  Smash glasses - 
I will study wry music for your sake.
For should your hands drop white and empty
All the toys in the world would break.


joe said...

I know you won't believe this, but it was actually I who penned that poem, not John Frederick Nims. He was always stealing my stuff...
.. that's fine if you don't believe me. Well, at least I know the truth..

joe said...

I consider it one of my best works, actually..

Snad said...

Joe, you're right, sweetie. The copy of the book in which I first discovered it is older than you. ;-)

Still, I'm glad you're proud of it. It, along with "Let me not to the marriage of true minds..." is perhaps the best love poem there is.

Steve Schuler said...

This is Great!!! I linked up here via (somehow or another) John Shuck's blog (just so you know how I got here).

Wonderful Expression!



(just can't keep away from the ! key!)

Snad said...

Steve! So glad you like it!! Thanks for stopping by!!!