from Doctor Drink, #1

By J. V. Cunningham 1911–1985
In the thirtieth year of life
I took my heart to be my wife,

And as I turn in bed by night
I have my heart for my delight.

No other heart may mine estrange
For my heart changes as I change,

And it is bound, and I am free,
And with my death it dies with me.

J. V. Cunningham, "from Doctor Drink, #1" from The Exclusions of a Rhyme. Copyright © 1960 by J. V. Cunningham.  Reprinted by permission of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, Athens, Ohio.

Source: The Exclusions of a Rhyme: Poems and Epigrams (Ohio University Press, 1960)


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Poet J. V. Cunningham 1911–1985

Subjects Growing Old, Marriage & Companionship, Love, Death, Living, Relationships, Realistic & Complicated

Poetic Terms Epigram