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On Vox: What We Want Is Never Simple

What We Want
by Linda Pastan, from Carnival Evening. © W.W. Norton.

What we want
is never simple
We move among the things
we thought we want
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names--
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past,
holding out our arms
and in the morning
our arms ache.
We don't remember the dream,
but the dream remembers us.
It is there all day
as an animal is there
under the table,
as the stars are there
even in full sun

I keep running across or being given these beautiful poems. Giving me a reason to share them here.  

Originally posted on patty.vox.com