O Love, be fed with apples while you may,
And feel the sun and go in royal array,
A smiling innocent on the heavenly causeway,
Though in what listening horror for the cry
That soars in outer blackness dismally,
The dumb blind beast, the paranoiac fury:
Be warm, enjoy the season, lift your head,
Exquisite in the pulse of tainted blood,
That shivering glory not to be despised.Take your delight in momentariness,
Walk between dark and dark—a shining space
With the grave’s narrowness, though not its peace.
Midway through an absolutely grueling finals week (tests are fine–but papers!) I realized I needed to locate a quote from Possession. Val–a secondary character who I’ve never really paid attention to before (she’s always so miserable) sits up in bed next to her new lover and starts quoting this poem. And I’m writing about symbolic apples in Possession, so I needed the source.
And I needed this for so much more than a footnote. How absolutely beautiful. Every line– “be warm, enjoy the season, lift your head…” Oh love, be fed with apples while you may, and feel the sun, and go in bright array…”
But the conclusion. For lack of a better word: wow. Take your delight in momentariness/ Walk between dark and dark–a shining space/With the grave’s narrowness, though not its peace.
Take your delight in momentariness.