LuckyDucky (the_lucky_ducky) wrote,

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The Weight of the World...

When you see this meme, post a poem on your LJ.

by Allen Ginsberg

The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction

the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.

Who can deny?
In dreams
it touches
the body,
in thought
a miracle,
in imagination
till born
in human--
looks out of the heart
burning with purity--
for the burden of life
is love,

but we carry the weight
and so must rest
in the arms of love
at last,
must rest in the arms
of love.

No rest
without love,
no sleep
without dreams
of love--
be mad or chill
obsessed with angels
or machines,
the final wish
is love
--cannot be bitter,
cannot deny,
cannot withhold
if denied:

the weight is too heavy

--must give
for no return
as thought
is given
in solitude
in all the excellence
of its excess.

The warm bodies
shine together
in the darkness,
the hand moves
to the center
of the flesh,
the skin trembles
in happiness
and the soul comes
joyful to the eye--

yes, yes,
that's what
I wanted,
I always wanted,
I always wanted,
to return
to the body
where I was born.

First I thought about giving you Sylvia Plath's "Mad Girl's Love Song" or Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" (or "The Raven" but that would have been really boring) because they're other favorites of mine, but really, my all-time favorite, a poem that everyone should know is Allen Ginsberg's "Song". I love this to pieces.

But you said you didn't read much? - Well, what is much? - current read: Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher (The City of Dreaming Books) - Walter Moers; The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger; City of Thieves - David Benioff
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