I want this here

The Ache of Marriage


The ache of marriage:


thigh and tongue, beloved,

are heavy with it,

it throbs in the teeth


We look for communion

and are turned away, beloved,

each and each


It is leviathan and we

in its belly

looking for joy, some joy

not to be known outside it


two by two in the ark of

the ache of it.


Denise Levertov