Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Autumn, Love, Commercials No. 7 by Yehuda Amichai

Autumn, Love, Commercials No. 7
by Yehuda Amichai

For love must be spoken, not whispered, that it may be
seen and heard. It must be without camouflage,
conspicuous, noisy, like a racous laugh.
It must be a kitschy commercial for "Be fruitful and multiply":
a perky amazing "Be fruitful" and a hard-edged, tortured "multiply"
of the human species--sweet frosting for a bitter life.
Love is words and flowers that attact insects and butterflies
in the field, but also floral patterns of a woman's dress.
It's the delicate skin of the inner thigh, it's underwear
down to the bottoms of the soul and overwear up to the heavens,
it's public relations, the pull of earth dwellers to earth,
Newton's law of gravity
and the law of levity of the divine. Hallelujah.

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