October 18, 2006

Today's maritally-related literary punch to the gut.

We gave Ms. Alison Dorfman free rein as to what she'd like to read in our ceremony, and she surprised us with this, as A. She's well acquainted with my unfettered devotion to Frank O'Hara and B. Girlfriend has exquisite poetical leanings. She really couldn't have chosen any better.


by Frank O'Hara

When I am feeling depressed and anxious sullen
all you have to do is take off your clothes
and all is wiped away revealing life's tenderness
that we are flesh and breathe and are near us
as you are really as you are I become as
I really am alive and knowing vaguely what is
and what is important to me above the intrusions
of incident and accidental relationships
which have nothing to do with my life.

When I am in your presence I feel life is strong
and will defeat all its enemies and all of mine
and all of yours and yours in you and mine in me
sick logic and feeble reasoning are cured
by the perfect symmetry of your arms and legs
spread out making an eternal circle together
creating a golden pillar beside the Atlantic
the faint line of hair dividing your torso
gives my mind rest and emotions their release
into the infinite air where since once we are
together we always will be in this life come what may

Posted by Kat at October 18, 2006 06:37 AM