Weekend Wonderings

I first read Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture for book club.  I never studied English Literature, so poetry has often passed me by.  It is a poem that reminds me what it is like to fall in love.

Happy weekend, readers.

You, by Carol Ann Duffy

Uninvited, the thought of you stayed too late in my head,

so I went to bed, dreaming you hard, hard, woke with your name,

like tears, soft, salt, on my lips, the sound of its bright syllables

like a charm, like a spell.

Falling in love

is glamorous hell; the crouched, parched heart

like a tiger ready to kill; a flame’s fierce licks under the skin.

Into my life, larger than life, beautiful, you strolled in.

I hid in my ordinary days, in the long grass of routine,

in my camouflage rooms. You sprawled in my gaze,

staring back from anyone’s face, from the shape of a cloud,

from the pining, earth-struck moon which gapes at me

as I open the bedroom door. The curtains stir. There you are

on the bed, like a gift, like a touchable dream.

Categories: Weekend Wonderings, Written By Anna
3 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted May 26, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Lying in bed on a sunny Saturday with the weekend stretched out in front, is perfect Carol Ann Duffy time. Wonderful. Thank you.

  2. Posted May 26, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Oh this is so good! Reading this makes my tongue tingle. In a good way.

  3. Sandra C
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Amazing wordsmith. Poetry has passed me by too, but I like to read Carol’s. Thank you!!

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