National Poetry Month: April 27th

April 27, 2011

Anti-Love Poem by Grace Paley

Sometimes you don’t want to love the person you love
you turn your face away from that face
whose eyes lips might make you give up anger
forget insult  steal sadness  of not wanting
to love  turn away then turn away   at breakfast
in the evening   don’t lift your eyes from the paper
to see that face in all its seriousness   a
sweetness of concentration  he holds his book
in his hand    the hard-knuckled winter wood-
scarred fingers    turn away   that’s all you can
do   old as you are to save yourself   from love

This poem was selected by Mary H. (Reader’s Services)

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