how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any—lifted from the no
of all nothing—human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
e.e. cummings, “i thank you god”
How could you believe that the life within the seed
that grew arms that reached
and a heart that beat
and lips that smiled
and eyes that cried
could ever die?
Matt Johnson (The The), “Love is Stronger Than Death”
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
Philip Larkin, “High Windows”
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
T.S. Eliot, “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock“