Your beauty, which I lost sight of oncefor a long time, is long,not symmetrical, and wearsthe earth colors that make me see it.A long beauty, what is that?A songthat can be sung over and over,long notes or long bones.Love is a landscape the long mountainsdefine but don’tshut off from theunseeable distance.In fall, in fall,your trees stretchtheir long arms in sleevesof earth-red andsky-yellow, a littlelop-sided. I takelong walks among them. The grapesthat need frost to ripen themare amber and grow deep in thehedge, half-concealed,the way your beauty grows in long tendrilshalf in darkness.—Denise Levertov, “Love Song”Art Credit James Welling

Your beauty, which I lost sight of once
for a long time, is long,
not symmetrical, and wears
the earth colors that make me see it.

A long beauty, what is that?
A song
that can be sung over and over,
long notes or long bones.

Love is a landscape the long mountains
define but don’t
shut off from the
unseeable distance.

In fall, in fall,
your trees stretch
their long arms in sleeves
of earth-red and

sky-yellow, a little
lop-sided. I take
long walks among them. The grapes
that need frost to ripen them

are amber and grow deep in the
hedge, half-concealed,
the way your beauty grows in long tendrils
half in darkness.

Denise Levertov, “Love Song”
Art Credit James Welling

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