The sun has burst the skyBecause I love youAnd the river its banks.
The sea laps the great rocksBecause I love youAnd takes no heed of the moon dragging it awayAnd saying coldly ‘Constancy is not for you’.
The blackbird fills the airBecause I love you.With spring and lawns and shadows falling on lawns.
The people walk in the street and laughI love youAnd far down the river ships sound their hootersCrazy with joy because I love you.
by Jenny Joseph
© Jenny Joseph, 2009
Nothing Like Love (Enitharmon, 2009), from which this poem is taken, is a brilliant new collection from Jenny Joseph
that brings together a number of her early and previously uncollected
love poems. A prolific and wide-ranging writer in prose and verse,
Joseph is best known for 'Warning', a dramatic monologue about ageing.
Joyous and bright, 'The Sun Has Burst The Sky' showcases her aptitude
for love poetry, its seemingly simple sentiments made fresh and vibrant
through deft composition. Find out more about the book here. You can hear her read 'The Sun Has Burst The Sky' and other poems at this site.
Enitharmon Press takes its name from a William Blake
character who represents spiritual beauty and poetic inspiration.
Founded in 1967 with an emphasis on independence and quality, Enitharmon
has been associated with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter
and Kathleen Raine. Enitharmon also commissions internationally
renowned collaborations between artists, including Gilbert &
George, and poets, including Seamus Heaney, under the Enitharmon
Editions imprint. Discover more about Enitharmon here.
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