Monday, September 11, 2017

I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU. . . ~




Susan,  Bob,   Jack,  VW beetle,  wheelbarrow,  home  (1980)

~

I'm In Love With You Who Is In Love With Me
for Susan & Carson





October ~ for Susan




It is a small bowl
You wash from
This early morning

Your hands just right
For its depth





Long Ago





That tiny toy instrument

Shaped like a French horn

Displayed with a dozen others 

We both gave it a squeeze —

But for some reason this

One sounded the best

With its familiar sound

More than a horn

And it took your breath away

And close to tears

At how its cry

Was like our geese

On a little farm

From long ago






Work Song






We carried the saw and ax to the top of the hill

Hop hornbeam logs waiting dry off the ground

I cut the logs into firewood size and split each one



You do the ground work, keep everything in order

We stack the splits into heavy canvas sacks

Carry it all down a trail under trees of meadowy leaves



I’m in love with you who is in love with me

The woodshed at home is filled to the brim

I’m in love with you who is in love with me






Finding Open Water






There are these things

That make lovely creatures

More lovely —

A red-tailed hawk sweeps

From one moment of the hillside

To another

Rising mist will not lose him



3 deer wade into the shoulder of a field

They feel safe in the holler of rain



Then you, rolling up your pants

Before a bicycle ride

Your hair just touching the ground

I tell you I will do something with that

Your smile makes the beginning of all this







What I Hear





This river water is

The warm breath of

Her whisper, what I hear —

The brown and white flurry

Of her thin clothing

The sweat of handwork

That musses the long

Blonde hair — dirt across

The forehead, may I wash

It off? thicken my hands

In that hair, kiss what I love

Away from our work and bathing

Part whisper and part water





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BOB ARNOLD
I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012







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