Love in the Weather’s Bells

By Jay Wright b. 1934 Jay Wright
Snow hurries
the strawberries
from the bush.
Star-wet water rides   
you into summer,   
into my autumn.
Your cactus hands   
are at my heart again.   
Lady, I court
my dream of you
in lilies and in rain.   
I vest myself
in your oldest memory   
and in my oldest need.   
And in my passion
you are the deepest blue   
of the oldest rose.   
Star circle me an axe.   
I cannot cut myself
from any of your emblems.   
It will soon be cold here,
and dark here;
the grass will lie flat
to search for its spring head.
I will bow again
in the winter of your eyes.
If there is music,
it will be the weather's bells
to call me to the abandoned chapel
of your simple body.

Jay Wright, “Love in the Weather’s Bells” from Transfigurations: Collected Poems (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000). Copyright © 2000 by Jay Wright. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: Transfigurations: Collected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)

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Poet Jay Wright b. 1934

Subjects Love, Weather, Relationships, Nature, Romantic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

Occasions Anniversary

Holidays Valentine's Day

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Frequently described as a “poet’s poet,” Jay Wright has quietly built an impressive career as one of America’s leading African-American voices. His work, praised for its evocative language, introspective tone, and mythological imagery, has won many honors, including the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, and Yale’s prestigious Bollingen Prize. Wright’s plays, essays, and poetry generally . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Weather, Relationships, Nature, Romantic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

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