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For love—I would
split open your head and put   
a candle in
behind the eyes.

Love is dead in us
if we forget
the virtues of an amulet   
and quick surprise.

Robert Creeley, “The Warning” from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975. Copyright © 1992 by the Regents of the University of California. Reprinted with the permission of the University of California Press, www.ucpress.edu.
Source: The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley 1945-1975 (University of California Press, 2006)
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