Moon Poem | J. H. Prynne

The night is already quiet and I am
bound in the rise and fall: learning
to wish always for more. This is the
means, the extension to keep very steady

so that the culmination
will be silent too and flow
with no trace of devoutness.

Since I must hold to the gradual in
this, as no revolution but a slow change
like the image of snow. The challenge is
not a moral excitement, but the expanse,

the continuing patience
dilating into forms so
much more than compact.

I would probably not even choose to inhabit the
wish as delay: it really is dark and the knowledge
of the unseen is a warmth which spreads into
the level ceremony of diffusion. The quiet

suggests that the act taken
extends so much further, there
is this insurgence of form:

we are more pliant than the mercantile notion
of choice will determine-we go in this way
on and on and the unceasing image of hope
is our place in the world. We live there and now

at night I recognise the signs
of this, the calm is a
modesty about conduct in

the most ethical sense. We disperse into the ether
as waves, we slant down into a precluded notion
of choice which becomes the unlearned habit of
wish: where we live, as we more often are than

we know. If we expand
into this wide personal vacancy
we could become the extent

of all the wishes that are now too far beyond
us. A community of wish, as the steppe
on which the extension would sprinkle out
the ethic density, the compact modern home.

The consequence of this
pastoral desire is prolonged
as our condition, but

I know there is more than the mere wish to
wander at large, since the wish itself diffuses
beyond this and will never end: these are songs
to the night under no affliction, knowing that

the wish is gift to the
spirit, is where we may
dwell as we would

go over and over within the life of the heart
and the grace which is open to both east and west.
These are psalms for the harp and the shining
stone: the negligence and still passion of night

  • J. H. Prynne

 

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Risk

Only for Love…I risk it all…

I’m on the board to win, not lose,
I won’t be stepped on,
It’s me who gets to choose.
Fragile flower isn’t weak at all
Be prepared, it’s my challengers who will fall.

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Watch

Watch me in the moonlight,
faded edges in the beams falling through the lace,
sylph silhouette, the angles, the contours,
the small of my back where your hand fits perfectly.
Watch the roundness of my breast,
the curve of my hips,
the soft of me that no one else gets to see
and the gentle of me no one else gets to touch.
Watch how the silk falls from my shoulders
into pools on the ground,
feel the hitches in your breath as you take the vision in
as I tremble there, wanting, waiting and wanting.

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Closer

I need you.
Closer.
I come back
haunted by your words.
My heart beats in gasps
when you are near.
I feel awakened senses
cascading through my body.
Take me.
Kiss me.
It is not sin
to hold the hand that feels like home.

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Violet with flowers