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.






2 thoughts on “Walter Benton’s “Never A Greater Need”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s