Love Poem

By Dorothea Lasky b. 1978 Dorothea Lasky
The rain whistled.
 
A taxi brought me to your apartment building
And there I stood.
 
I had dreamed a dream
Of us in a bedroom.
The light shining upon us in white sheets.
 
You were singing me a song of your sailing days
And in the dream
I reached deep in you and pulled out a cardinal
Which in bright red
Flew out the window.
 
Sometimes when we talk
On the phone, I think to myself
That the deep perfect of your soul
Is what draws me to you.
But still what soul is perfect?
All souls are misshapen and off-colored.
Morning comes within a soul
And makes it obey another law
In which all souls are snowflakes.
 
Once at a funeral, a man had died
And with the prayers said, his soul flew up in a hurry
Like it had been let out of something awful.
It was strangely colored, that soul.
And it was a funny shape and a funny temperature.
As it blew away, all of us looking felt the cold.

Dorothea Lasky, "Love Poem" from Awe. Copyright © 2007 by Dorthea Lasky.  Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: Awe (Wave Books, 2007)

Discover this poem’s context and related poetry, articles, and media.

Poet Dorothea Lasky b. 1978

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Religion, The Spiritual, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Love, Realistic & Complicated

 Dorothea  Lasky

Biography

Dorothea Lasky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published three collections of poetry, AWE (2007), and Black Life (2010), and Thunderbird (2012), as well as several chapbooks, including the polemical Poetry Is Not a Project (2010). Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent publications, including the New . . .

Continue reading this biography

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Religion, The Spiritual, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Love, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Report a problem with this poem

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

This poem has learning resources.

This poem is good for children.

This poem has related video.

This poem has related audio.