O Best of All Nights, Return and Return Again

I like this poem. It’s like a sexy sea shanty.

O Best of All Nights, Return and Return Again
by James Laughlin

How she let her long hair down over her shoulders, making a
love cave around her face. Return and return again.
How when the lamplight was lowered she pressed against
him, twining her fingers in his. Return and return again.
How their legs swam together like dolphins and their toes
played like little tunnies. Return and return again.
How she sat beside him cross-legged, telling him stories of
her childhood. Return and return again.
How she closed her eyes when his were open, how they
breathed together, breathing each other. Return and return again.
How they fell into slumber, their bodies curled together like
two spoons. Return and return again.
How they went together to Otherwhere, the fairest land they
had ever seen. Return and return again.
O best of all nights, return and return again.
“O Best of All Nights, Return and Return Again” by James Laughlin, from Poems New and Selected. © New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1996. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

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