Robert Bly





In the Month of May

In the month of May, when all leaves open,  
I see when I walk how well all things 
Lean on each other, how the bees work,  
The fish make their living the first day.  
Monarchs fly high; then I understand 
I love you with what in me is unfinished.

I love you with what in me is still  
Changing, what has no head or arms  
Or legs, what has not found its body. 
And why shouldn’t the miraculous,  
Caught on this earth, visit 
The old man alone in his hut?

And why shouldn’t Gabriel, who loves honey,  
Be fed with our own radishes and walnuts?  
And lovers, tough ones, how many there are  
Whose holy bodies are not yet born. 
Along the roads, I see so many places  
I would like us to spend the night.