Carol Ann Duffy

(1955 / Glasgow / Scotland)

Words, Wide Night - Poem by Carol Ann Duffy

Somewhere on the other side of this wide night
and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
The room is turning slowly away from the moon.

This is pleasurable. Or shall I cross that out and say
it is sad? In one of the tenses I singing
an impossible song of desire that you cannot hear.

La lala la. See? I close my eyes and imagine the dark hills I would have to cross
to reach you. For I am in love with you

and this is what it is like or what it is like in words.

Topic(s) of this poem: words

Comments about Words, Wide Night by Carol Ann Duffy

  • (5/8/2019 4:50:00 AM)

    I carried this poem around in my wallet for years as it summed up so much how I felt about a person in my life who lived in another country. Rereading it now reminds me of what I felt back then. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2018 9:18:00 AM)

    This is so beautifully and sadly romantic. It sums up how it feels to be in love with someone and apart from them. I love it. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/3/2016 2:27:00 PM)

    An unusual poem from this poet, not one of her usual subjects. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/2/2016 1:28:00 AM)

    She has the gift of turning words into guided missiles; small neutron bombs of everyday passion. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (10/26/2015 1:46:00 AM)

    I like this poet's voice- it is so innovative and fresh (Report)Reply

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  • (9/5/2015 7:51:00 AM)

    More should be heard from this magical lyricist. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 5, 2015

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