November 18, 2003

Delay

My favourite poem of all time: Delay by Elizabeth Jennings

The radiance of the star that leans on me
Was shining years ago. The light that now
Glitters up there my eyes may never see,
And so the time lag teases me with how

Love that loves now may not reach me until
Its first desire is spent. The star’s impulse
Must wait for eyes to claim it beautiful
And love arrived may find us somewhere else.


I first read this poem in 1989, and since then, I’ve never looked at a star without thinking: Is it still burning, or am i looking at light from years ago?

Posted by Jimmy at November 18, 2003 12:22 AM in poetry
Comments

Guess what? There’s a font called Delay.

Posted by: Karen at November 27, 2003 04:01 PM


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