(Apologies to Heart and Cid Corman)
of something to say--
something to tell you--
something you should know--
but to detain you--
keep you from going--
feeling myself hereas long as you are--
as long as you are.
Take a moment (literally, 20 seconds) and listen to the poem on the wonderful audio library, PennSound, here.
I just listened to a rather exhaustive close reading of this poem by the Penn ModPo team. As thoroughly as they dissected it, I was kind of surprised how quickly they all agreed the poem is about itself, and the poet. Because my first reading was that it's a love poem -- the poet is talking to someone he loves. I think that makes the last two lines particularly poignant. Then the more self-referential meta-meaning, the relationship between poet and reading, can be laid over that, and the two woven together give more depth and texture to the poem.
I have myself an ear worm, so you take it: