Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Poem That Touched Me

What I Know

by Lee Robinson
What I know for sure is less and less:
that a hot bath won't cure loneliness.

That bacon is the best bad thing to chew
and what you love may kill you.

The odd connection between perfection
and foolishness, like the pelican
diving for his fish.

How silly sex is.
How, having it, we glimpse
our holiness.

What I know is less and less.
What I want is more and more:

you against me—
your ferocious tenderness—

love like a star,
once small and far,
now huge, now near.
"What I Know" by Lee Robinson, from Hearsay. © Fordham University Press, 2004


Keahi said...

heard this poem read this evening on Hawaii Public Radio read by Garrison Kieler.
It's beautiful. I'm making a copy of it.

A Poet Too

Orangehouse said...

Keahi, I also heard it on the radio, read by Garrison Kieler. It comes on at 9:00 AM here in Central Texas.