Tuesday, March 27, 2007

From Sharon Old's Sex Without Love (Commonplace Book)

I love to teach this poem; it always makes for a fun classroom. Here is the end -- she is describing the people who have sex without love:

These are the true religious,
the purists, the pros, the ones who will not
accept a false Messiah, love the
priest instead of the God. They do not
mistake the lover for their own pleasure,
they are like great runners: they know they are alone
with the road surface, the cold, the wind,
the fit of their shoes, their over-all cardio-
vascular health -- just factors, like the partner
in the bed, and not the truth, which is the
single body alone in the universe
against its own best time.


Roger said...

who wrote this? I love it.

It reminds me of the same feeling I get when reading Emily Dickenson's poem on renunciation...

Geoff Klock said...

Sharon Olds wrote it. It is QUITE good.

Anonymous said...

oh no...this is only a piece of the poem!!