I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
of a kiss – like this, thou-
and to say, after, I love,
thou, I love, thou I love, not
I love you.
Because I so do – as we say now – I want to say
thee, I adore, I adore thee,
and to know in my lips
the syntax of love resides,
and to gaze in thine eyes.
Love’s language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.
Carol Ann Duffy (1955 – Glasgow, UK)
From Rapture (Picador, 2005), © Carol Ann Duffy 2005
To listen to her reading this poem and others: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/carol-ann-duffy