Something Very Precious To the Lady of the Portrait
Beyond All Words

I've read the greatest novels of love
And all the greatest poems of love,
As well as the major works of Freud,
His chief disciples and Alfred Kinsey;
And I have talked to psychiatrists,
To psychoanalysts galore,
To married and unmarried lovers
Both young and old, both woman and man;
But I have never seen or heard
Any depiction of love that even
Approaches what I feel for you.

I've tried to say all this in letters,
On walks, on lengthy airplane flights
O'er land and sea; when getting high
On Martinis or on Bloody Marys,
And during secluded tête-à-têtes;
But I am never more successful
Than Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley, Keats.
So now I know that my great passion
Truly is beyond all words—
Indeed ineffable—save when
I speak to you with my whole being
In the sweetness and the rapture,
And the rhythm of lovely love.

  

Copyright © 1972, 1983, 1994 by Corliss Lamont.
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Something Very Precious To the Lady of the Portrait

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