You've Ruined My Evening / You've Ruined My Life

You've Ruined My Evening / You've Ruined My Life

i would be eight people and then the difficulties vanish
only as one i contain the complications
in a warm house roofed with the rib-cage of an elephant
i pass my grey mornings re-running the reels
and the images are the same but the emphasis shifts
the actors bow gently to me and I envy them
their repeated parts, their constant presence in that world

i would be eight people each inhabiting the others' dreams
walking through corridors of glass framed pages
telling each other the final lines of letters
picking fruit in one dream and storing it in another
only as one i contain the complications
and the images are the same, their constant presence in that world
the actors bow gently to me and envy my grey mornings

I would be eight people with the rib-cage of an elephant
picking fruit in a warm house above actors bowing
re-running the reels of my presence in this world
the difficulties vanish and the images are the same
eight people, glass corridors, page lines repeated
inhabiting grey mornings roofed with my complications
only as one walking gently storing my dream


from Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2003), copyright © Tom Raworth 2003, used by permission of the author

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1Introduction

2You Were Wearing Blue

3Wedding Day

4The Others

5My Son The Haiku Writer

6Who Is Hannibal's Descendent, Leading His Elephants Against the Tanks?

7You've Ruined My Evening / You've Ruined My Life

8Inner Space

9The Sure Grip of a Cat's Paw

10Lion Lion

11Jungle Book

12King of the Snow

13Floral Luncheons and Service Dinners

14The Moon Upoon the Waters

15One Two Three

16Songs of the Depression

17Que Bonitos Ochos Tienes!

18Lunch is Ready

19Tentences

20That More Simple Natural Time Tone Distortion

21Shadows

22Nothing to the Power of Language

23Sleep, Perch

24The West

25English Opium

26In Memoriam L. Wittgenstein

27No Light No Tunnel

28Living Under the Divine Right of Sheriffs

29Human Warmth

30Nothing

31The Vein

32All Fours

33Name Unknown

34Intellectual Compost 3

35Meadow

36Differences in Common

37No Hard Feelings

38Follow the Food

39Affirmative =/= 2 x Negative

Books by Tom Raworth