by ellen vanderslice

13.  Benevolence

Loving you
I've tapped a benevolent strain in the world.
I am hollow with love, and into that
Hunger pours the benevolence of chance,
To fill me from inside out.

Benevolence: its very name rolls over the lips
Like a blessing. And a blessing it is
To let go of anger, of blame, of regret,
Of shame.

There are things in the universe I will never get,
But this seems clear: there is love here
For the taking.


1. cicisbeo
2. Pluto
3. she walked with a phone
4. Lullaby
5. The Key
6. I Remember One Rose
7. What I Want to Know
8. How I've Been
9. I must be mad
10. Love is Like Water
11. Catch Your Breath
12. The Speed of Love
13. Benevolence
14. Message in a Bottle
15. I Have Been Here Before
16. I Want Back
17. The Parallel Universe Has Closed





©2002 Ellen Vanderslice
3 July 2002