Sunday, October 19, 2008

Looking at Each Other, Muriel Rukeyser

Yes, we were looking at each other
Yes, we knew each other very well
Yes, we had made love with each other many times
Yes, we had heard music together
Yes, we had gone to the sea together
Yes, we had cooked and eaten together
Yes, we had laughed often day and night
Yes, we fought violence and knew violence
Yes, we hated the inner and outer oppression
Yes, that day we were looking at each other
Yes, we saw the sunlight pouring down
Yes, the corner of the table was between us
Yes, our eyes saw each other's eyes
Yes, our mouths saw each other's mouths
Yes, our breasts saw each other's breasts
Yes, our bodies entire saw each other
Yes, it was beginning in each
Yes, it threw waves across our lives
Yes, the pulses were becoming very strong
Yes, the beating became very delicate
Yes, the calling the arousal
Yes, the arriving the coming
Yes, there it was for both entire
Yes, we were looking at each other

The poem "Looking at Each Other" reminds me of my life right now. After reading this poem I realized just a little more how much I care about my boyfriend. This poems descirptions of how she feels with her partner almost make you feel the love that they share. Every aspect that could go on during an close moment between you and your partner is described here.

Muriel Rukeyser goes through every part of the body so that you get a picture in your head and it makes you fall in love with the poem. There is nothing negative in the poem at all. She talks about them fighting but that they knew all about it. Every couple is going to fight sometimes and every couple that is going to last will see a way through it. This poem opens up some real life feelings for me because Rukeyser does a great job with tone and description.


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