Teasing from the time lag



The radiance of the star that leans on me
Was shining years ago. The light that now
Glitters up there my eyes may never see,
And so the time lag teases me with how

Love that loves now may not reach me until
Its first desire is spent. The star’s impulse
Must wait for eyes to claim it beautiful
And love arrived may find us somewhere else.

Elizabeth Jennings


Elizabeth Joan Jennings (July 18, 1926 – October 26, 2001) was an English poet, noted for her clarity of style and simplicity of literary approach. Her Roman Catholicism coloured much of her work. She always made it clear that, whilst her life, which includes a spell of severe mental illness, contributed to the themes contained within her work, she did not write explicitly autobiographical poetry.

Her work displays a simplicity of metre and rhyme that she shares with Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis and Thom Gunn, all members of the group of English poets known as The Movement.

Here’s an article about her

I love the idea that a time lag might “tease”. So much more sophisticated than just thinking in terms  of true or false

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