Love Through Gray Concrete

"when it's raining on one side of the street
& the sun's shining on the other side,
they say the devil's beating his wife.
Let's not speak of official good & evil
but of a man & woman spooning bodies,
knowing what it takes to make love
go through gray concrete brightly.
"

Yusef Komunyakaa, Nostalgia
From the Sunday New York Times, in honor of the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago today!

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* at first I wasn't all that interested in reading poems about The Berlin Wall (admitting my ignorance here) but i was surprised to find how much each of them touched me. Many of the authors used the separation of lovers as a tool to show the kind of longing and displacement that occurs when a city is divided in two. Because, even if we don't understand what it's like to live in a place torn by political turmoil, we do understand what it's like to miss someone - and the way that tears our hearts.
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Thank you so much for commenting, Darling Reader! I read + love each and every one of them. (Anonymous commenting has been turned off due to robots)

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