Walter Benton’s “Never A Greater Need”

“Northern Lights” (July 26, 1946)

Lo, the radiant hand prongs forth coronally into space!

From what nether world ray out its green-gray fingers,

sunflowering the night like the whirling hand of Van Gogh?

 

And you  half sleeping beside me on the tall roof above

the still city, among the terrorized stars –

dreamily spacing words of wondrous inconsequence.

 

O the kisses of your mouth blot out the luminous

brilliance of heaven –

and your arms around me are garlands of young roses!

 

See, the agitation of the sky subsides each time we move

together….as if in wonder –

there is no room in all of time for more than moments of this.

 

 

 

 

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