If I tell you you have a beautiful body . . .
[ part 2 of 3 ]
I’VE LOOKED SO MUCH . . .
I’ve looked on beauty so much
that my vision overflows with it.
The body’s lines. Red lips. Sensual limbs.
Hair as though stolen from Greek statues,
always loverly, even uncombed,
and falling slightly over pale foreheads.
Figures of love, as my poetry desired them
. . . in the nights when I was young,
encountered secretly in my nights.
translated by Edmund Keely & Philip Sherrard
Edited by George Savidis
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1975
What does your vision overflow with?
for action (or, if you’re Catholic, penance):
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and inhale Desire. Pay attention to the feelings that accompany this in-filling.
About the photo: Original photo by Jason Pier at flickr.com, NYC Pride parade shortly after the state legalized gay marriage. Text added by gaytaylor.wordpress.com