Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What We Want by Linda Pastan

Moonlady by Marion---

What We Want
By Linda Pastan

What we want
is never simple.
We move among the things
we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names---
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past,
holding out our arms
and in the morning
our arms ache.
We don't remember the dream,
but the dream remembers us.
It is there all day
as an animal is there
under the table,
as the stars are there
even in full sun.


A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. ― W.H. Auden




Kelly said...

I like Linda Pastan and I had to look and see if this one was in my collection of hers (it is).

I like it very much.

hugs to you....

Marion said...

Thanks, Kelly. I discovered her in an anthology & have several of her books. Love her. Hugs to you, too! xo