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The Science Of The Night Analysis

Author: poem of Stanley Kunitz Type: poem Views: 11

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I touch you in the night, whose gift was you,

My careless sprawler,

And I touch you cold, unstirring, star-bemused,

That have become the land of your self-strangeness.

What long seduction of the bone has led you

Down the imploring roads I cannot take

Into the arms of ghosts I never knew,

Leaving my manhood on a rumpled field

To guard you where you lie so deep

In absent-mindedness,

Caught in the calcium snows of sleep?

And even should I track you to your birth

Through all the cities of your mortal trial,

As in my jealous thought I try to do,

You would escape me--from the brink of earth

Take off to where the lawless auroras run,

You with your wild and metaphysic heart.

My touch is on you, who are light-years gone.

We are not souls but systems, and we move

In clouds of our unknowing

                                                  like great nebulae.

Our very motives swirl and have their start

With father lion and with mother crab.

Dreamer, my own lost rib,

Whose planetary dust is blowing

Past archipelagoes of myth and light

What far Magellans are you mistress of

To whom you speed the pleasure of your art?

As through a glass that magnifies my loss

I see the lines of your spectrum shifting red,

The universe expanding, thinning out,

Our worlds flying, oh flying, fast apart.

From hooded powers and from abstract flight

I summon you, your person and your pride.

Fall to me now from outer space,

Still fastened desperately to my side;

Through gulfs of streaming air

Bring me the mornings of the milky ways

Down to my threshold in your drowsy eyes;

And by the virtue of your honeyed word

Restore the liquid language of the moon,

That in gold mines of secrecy you delve.


              My whirling hands stay at the noon,

Each cell within my body holds a heart

And all my hearts in unison strike twelve.

Submitted by Jen


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