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Sharing Someone Else’s Poetry

Prayer for Revolutionary Love
by Denise Levertov

That a woman not ask a man to leave meaningful work to
follow her.
That a man not ask a woman to leave meaningful work to
follow him.

That no one try to put Eros in bondage.
But that no one put a cudgel in the hands of Eros.

That our loyalty to one another and our loyalty to our work
not be set in false conflict.

That our love for each other give us love for each other’s work.
That our love for each other’s work give us love for one another.

That our love for each other’s work give us love for one another.
That our love for each other give us love for each other’s work.

That our love for each other, if need be,
give way to absence. And the unknown.

That we endure absence, if need be,
without losing our love for each other.
Without closing our doors to the unknown.

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7 thoughts on “Sharing Someone Else’s Poetry

  1. Inspired, I am sure, by not having been loved fully, this writer prays a common prayer of the intellectual, artistic, spiritual woman, a woman whose primal genes tell her( and sometimes her own partner’s fear or her spiritual leader’s fear and archaic doctrines or her mother’s fear tell her), “Be quiet. Stay put. Who do you think you are?”

    I say, “We Summon the Great Goddess Emergent in All and take our rightful places in the world, empowered. We do our right work. And we do not apologize for it. In this way, we serve the world.”

    Aho!

    • D, I was deeply moved by this picture of love, and I appreciate your insight that it was probably written out of the poet’s experience of not being loved fully–the most poignant words often arise not out of our fulfillment, but out of our longing for what could be, I think. Hopefully by speaking the dreams out loud, we are moving towards the thing itself.

  2. A perfect piece for my daughter who is currently applying for a Master’s degree program in Italy and will, when she is accepted, be away from her spouse for two or three years.

  3. Love Levertov. When I first got serious about writing poetry back in 1997, she was my first “mentor.” I read her not just to appreciate, but also to study her craft. One of the original Black Mountain poets, along with Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan. While I admire Olson of this bunch, and Duncan for his “monastic” way, Levertov is the one.

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