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Robert Duncan - Such Is the Sickness of Many a Good Thing

Was he then Adam of the Burning Way?

hid away in the heat like wrath

        conceald in Love’s face,

or the seed, Eris in Eros,

        key and lock

of what I was?        I could not speak

        the releasing

word.        For into a dark

        matter he came

and askt me to say what

        I could not say.        “I ..”


All the flame in me stopt

        against my tongue.

My heart was a stone, a dumb

        unmanageable thing in me,

a darkness that stood athwart

        his need

for the enlightening, the

        “I love you” that has

only this one quick in time,

        this one start

when its moment is true.


Such is the sickness of many a good thing

that now into my life from long ago this

refusing to say I love you has bound

the weeping, the yielding, the

        yearning to be taken again,

into a knot, a waiting, a string


so taut it taunts the song,

it resists the touch. It grows dark

to draw down the lover’s hand

from its lightness to what’s




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