Poetry Friday: The Embrace

February 13th, 2009

Bill Varner is back this week with a Valentine’s Day poetry selection.

Valentine’s Day is upon us. I’m not really one for the overly romantic stuff, like Byron’s She Walks in Beauty Like the Night, which to me is one of the most obtuse similes of all time. And I have one friend who thinks that Valentine’s Day was created by Hallmark. But the following poem by Mark Doty reminds me how important love is in our daily lives, how ephemeral, yet lasting, and necessary.

The Embrace
By Mark Doty

You weren’t well or really ill yet either;
just a little tired, your handsomeness
tinged by grief or anticipation, which brought
to your face a thoughtful, deepening grace.

Read the rest of the poem

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