James Merrill quotes

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I had gone so long without loving
I hardly knew what I was thinking.
But you were everywhere beside me, masked,
As who was not, in laughter, pain, and love.
He thought of certain human hearts, their climb
Through violence into exquisite disciplines
In a room on the floor below,
Sunless, cooler--a brimming
Always the same old story--
Father Time and Mother Earth,
A marriage on the rocks.
Tonight they have stepped out onto the gravel.
The party is over. It's the fall
Of 1931. They love each other still.
What had the man done? Oh, made history.
Her business (he had implied) was giving birth,
Nor do I try to keep a garden, only
An avocado in a glass of water--
I see those two hearts, I'm afraid,
Still. Cool here in the graveyard of good and evil,
The opera house sparkled with tiers
And tiers of eyes, like mine enlarged by belladonna,
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