Thursday, July 31, 2008

Think of giraffes cumming all over each others' faces...

I thought I'd post the poem that was the inspiration for the blog title as well as a reading during our wedding. Good ol' Peggy Noir (that's a really smart nickname, Dave; especially for those of us who have an issue with the pronunciation of the word "peignoir") was crying but still did a very nice job, as I knew her textual studies ass would.

Now, I've never really been a poetry fanatic, but one night, right after B & I started getting kind of seriously serious about one another, which was pretty much as soon as we met, I got tipsy and discovered this jewel in my original copy of Our Bodies Ourselves, and left a voicemail reading of it for him. Then he thought I was really bitchin'.

Love Song of a Species
think of
long tall animals
making love
into themselves
breaking themselves
together
swallowing
each other's air
each other's songs
think of these
animals
not knowing
their species
their strangeness
think of them
trying to tell each other
all day long
with words
think then
of the most
natural
way of
saying
I love you
eyes
mouth
a place
there is a place
that has no thoughts
think of something
of a thing that cannot think
inside a place
that cannot contain thoughts
think of these things together not thinking
think of the most natural way to think of this
then unthink everything that follows from that
then sleep
a sleep
in which all dreams
and these words
are stolen from the dream
you are having

-- Cora Brooks

When we rehash this reading, B always says that he had forgotten how dirty this poem is, and goes onto parody it with lines like "Think of great hippoes fucking each other, ropes of jism ejaculating from their swollen members." And I think that's funny.

1 comments:

BetteDavisLies said...

Think of reading these naughty bits into your pal's Mom's face while trying to stop the mascara from running into your cornea and stinging the shit out you..

Then unthink all of this and remember that I would embarass myself again in a heartbeat if it made your special day a little more memorable.

 

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