To come so far, to taste so good

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Often a sweetness comes
as if on loan,
stays just long enough
to make sense of what it means to be alive,
then returns to its dark source.
As for me,
I don’t care
where it’s been,
or what bitter road it’s traveled
to come so far,
to taste so good.

~ Stephen Dunn


Credits: Poem – Thank you The Sensual Starfish. Photo by Andrea Tomas via Journal of Nobody
More Stephen Dunn: Is that a Path or a Rut?


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  1. A sweetness that comes on loan…how visual. And to think that if one gets to taste it, there’s a piece one can keep, right?

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  2. oh. god. this is my life.

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  3. I have to steal this poem now.

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  4. From last ten minutes I have been thinking what to write as I just couldn’t find a word to express my feelings. From phenomenal to beautiful to wonderful to amazing to magnificent to I am speechless… Just can’t think of any. Umm I am still reading it.
    P.S. You actually made my day: 1. By introducing me to Albert’s letter and, 2. By sharing the above beautiful poem.

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  5. grab on to it and hold tightly before id disappears once more. does a fine piece of dark chocolate quality?

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  6. Stephen Dunn is a favorite of mine. His “New and Selected Poems: 1974-1994″ is never far from hand. He has such a gift for distilling the essence of a moment. Among my favorites from this collection: “Some Things I Wanted to Say to You,” “Corners,” “Happiness,” and “A Secret Life.” Thx for sharing this passage, DK…..

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  7. And if we are attentive to our lives, we will get to experience it.

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  8. ah, the deliciousness of sweetness when it comes…

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