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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Anti-Love Poem by Grace Goodside Paley

Sometimes you don’t want to love the person you love
you turn your face away from that face
whose eyes lips might make you give up anger
forget insult     steal sadness of not wanting
to love     turn away then turn away     at breakfast
in the evening     don’t lift your eyes from the paper
to see that face in all its seriousness     a
sweetness of concentration     he holds his book
in his hand     the hard-knuckled winter wood-
scarred fingers     turn away     that’s all you can
do     old as you are to save yourself     from love

From: http://jamilalikemanila.tumblr.com/post/31489084289/anti-love-poem-grace-paley

Date: 2003

By: Grace Goodside Paley (1922-2007)