The warm bodies
shine together
in the darkness,
the hand moves
to the center
of the flesh,
the skin trembles
in happiness
and the soul comes
joyful to the eye--
yes, yes,
that's what
I wanted,
I always wanted,
I always wanted,
to return
to the body
where I was born.

I've had my difficulties with the Beats in the past, most specifically with their seeming rejection of maturity, their reluctance to accept responsibility, and their failure to innovate something that could be drawn out to successive generations.

But. The above quote, from Ginsburg's "Song", is some of the most beautiful poetry I've ever read. I've loved it since my junior year in high school, and it's always welcome to make me cry.


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