Sweetness by Stephen Dunn
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Just when it has seemed I couldn’t bear     one more friend
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Sweetness by Stephen Dunn

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Just when it has seemed I couldn’t bear

    one more friend

waking with a tumor, one more maniac

with a perfect reason, often a sweetness

   has come

and changed nothing in the world

except the way I stumbled through it,

   for a while lost

in the ignorance of loving

someone or something, the world shrunk

   to mouth-size,

hand-size, and never seeming small.

I acknowledge there is no sweetness

   that doesn’t leave a stain,

no sweetness that’s ever sufficiently sweet ....

Tonight a friend called to say his lover

   was killed in a car

he was driving. His voice was low

and guttural, he repeated what he needed

   to repeat, and I repeated

the one or two words we have for such grief

until we were speaking only in tones.

  Often a sweetness comes

as if on loan, stays just long enough

to make sense of what it means to be alive,

   then returns to its dark

source. As for me, I don’t care

where it’s been, or what bitter road

   it’s traveled

to come so far, to taste so good.

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