Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO H. M., by FRANCIS BARNARD (20TH CENTURY)



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TO H. M., by            
First Line: I've disciplined my loving with a scourge
Last Line: And to this logic leaves me wholly blind.
Subject(s): Life; Love; Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


I've disciplined my loving with a scourge
Of willow words cut lately. They suffice.
And if my feverish hands need checking twice,
With false satiety my wrists I merge.
With fair assurance I'm convinced that Life
And Loneliness are lovers. They alone
Inseparable as counterpoint, intone
With human loves but anguished notes in strife.
More than by body have I sought to be
More ravished by the fecund lustiness,
The wild and secret contours of your mind.
And yet the lyric sight of you to me
Bears potent freight which strips me fetterless
And to this logic leaves me wholly blind.





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