Treasure Island

Kenneth Patchen

(13 December 1911 - 8 January 1972 / Ohio)

Previous Month January 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Modern Poem of The Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

As We Are So Wonderfully Done With Each Other


As we are so wonderfully done with each other
We can walk into our separate sleep
On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies

O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one
Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers
My hands are hallowed where they touched over your
soft curving.

It is good to be weary from that brilliant work
It is being God to feel your breathing under me

A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .
Don’t let anyone in to wake us.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: childhood, music, house, work, sleep, god, love, flower

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

improve

Comments about this poem (As We Are So Wonderfully Done With Each Other by Kenneth Patchen )

Enter the verification code :

  • Toni Wilson (3/1/2012 5:20:00 PM)

    I have had this poem since 1964, the second stanza reads:

    oh my love, my golden lark, my soft long doll
    Your lips have splashed my dull house with print of flowers
    My hands are crooked where they have spilled over your dear curving (Report) Reply

  • Derek Baron (9/8/2007 11:30:00 AM)

    in response to anne's comment: i first read patchen in high school in the mid 2000's, some forty years after you did. i feel the same way: patchen defined the (as yet unnapproachable) world in a way that made it seem so magical and so passionate. KP is among the few poets that actually effected my development into an adult (my commute isn't quite finished) . (Report) Reply

  • Anne Mortenson (9/28/2006 8:55:00 AM)

    When I was young, the world was frightening. I first read Patchen in high school back in the early sixties. He made the world understandable for me. This is a beautiful poem. It's a good poem to help become acquainted with Patchen because he can be so sharp. But even here you can can see the undeniable passion that inhabits all his work. I felt I could connect with him. He was somebody that understood my world. (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Exciting Colors, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. Three Days Before You Left, Mikey Bachman
  3. Conceptualizing Thoughts, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. When someone, hasmukh amathalal
  5. Different Thoughts, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. A Little Abstract, Naveed Khalid
  7. With a logic, hasmukh amathalal
  8. Peaceful Sophistication, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. She Walks By Starlight, Mikey Bachman
  10. Snowdon, Naveed Khalid

Poem of the Day

poet Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Todhunter

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]