[You know that burning that I felt]

You know that burning that I felt

(Not in my heart, nor mind, but you know where),

Well, no worry, this world never

need care about this poet’s first affair.


It will not kill me. Just as I

Had resolved to die famous: burbling mess,

Blind, diseased, another Heine.

(Cheap fame, I know, but it’s fame nonetheless.)


But don’t bother, Love. I will not

Leave you. My heart burns more than dreams of fame.

And still I’ll die of love’s disease:

For love is love and burns are all the same.



From Text and Commentary (Mandala Publishing).

For my thoughts about writing this poem, follow this link.

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About lymangrant

Lyman Grant is a professor of creative writing and humanities at Austin Community College. He has work at ACC since 1978. He is the author or editor of two textbooks, two books relating to Texas literature, three volumes and a chapbook of poetry. Recently he traveled the United States for a year in a 34-foot RV 5th wheel trailer with his wife and two younger sons.