Delmore Schwartz

(8 December 1913 - 11 July 1966 / Brooklyn / New York / United States)

O Love, Sweet Animal - Poem by Delmore Schwartz

O Love, dark animal,
With your strangeness go
Like any freak or clown:
Appease tee child in her
Because she is alone
Many years ago
Terrified by a look
Which was not meant for her.
Brush your heavy fur
Against her, long and slow
Stare at her like a book,
Her interests being such
No one can look too much.
Tell her how you know
Nothing can be taken
Which has not been given:
For you time is forgiven:
Informed by hell and heaven
You are not mistaken


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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