Clarity for an Instant (then it’s gone)

“The Kiss” by Coventry Patmore

‘I saw you take his kiss!’   ”Tis true.’
O, modesty!’  ‘  ‘Twas strictly kept:
He thought me asleep; at least I knew
He thought I thought he thought I slept.’

–I’ve always thought this is a funny old poem. My friend Alyssa and I spent some quality hours in the mid-1990s figuring out exactly what it meant, and then laughing as comprehension flitted away.

I ran across the poem again recently and googled Coventry Patmore, the poet. Hey, guess what? Not only did he write this wonderful little poem (among others), he was also painted by one of my favorite painters, John Singer Sargent. So, thanks to Patmore and Sargent today. I’m having a nice smile this evening.

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One Response to Clarity for an Instant (then it’s gone)

  1. Alyssa says:

    LOL. I’ll never forget that one moment of pure understanding. It faded once I tried to explain it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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