Art and a Poem, Day 11, January, 10, 2014

The Kiss Gustav Klimt

The Kiss
Gustav Klimt

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)]


i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
I know I heard this poem before the movie In Her Shoes, but it never quite hit me the way it did at the end of that movie when Maggie recited it at Rose’s wedding as her gift to Rose and Sam. I think of it as a love poem between spouses, and friends, and even sisters. And as I was thinking of this poem, Klimt’s The Kiss immediately came to me as the perfect poem to pair it with.