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Untitled [You did say, need me less and I'll want you more]

You did say, need me less and I'll want you more.
I'm still shellshocked at needing anyone,
used to being used to it on my own.
It won't be me out on the tiles till four-
thirty, while you're in bed, willing the door
open with your need. You wanted her then,
more. Because you need to, I woke alone
in what's not yet our room, strewn, though, with your
guitar, shoes, notebook, socks, trousers enjambed
with mine. Half the world was sleeping it off
in every other bed under my roof.
I wish I had a roof over my bed
to pull down on my head when I feel damned
by wanting you so much it looks like need.

Credit


From Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (New York: Arbor House, 1986). Copyright © 1986 by Marilyn Hacker. Reprinted with the permission of Frances Collin Literary Agency. All rights reserved.

Author


Marilyn Hacker

Marilyn Hacker is the author of fourteen books of poems, most recently Blazons (Carcanet, 2019). Her translations of French and Francophone poets include Marilyn Hacker is the author of fourteen books of poems, most recently Blazons (Carcanet, 2019). Her translations of French and Francophone poets include Samira Negrouche’s The Olive Trees’ Jazz (Pleiades Press, 2020). She lives in Paris, France. She lives in Paris, France.

Date Published: 1986-01-01

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