High Coo – July 22 – A Third Body Reflection


A Third Body

A man and a woman sit near each other, and they do not long
at this moment to be older, or younger, nor born
in any other nation, or time, or place.
They are content to be where they are, talking or not-talking.
Their breaths together feed someone whom we do not know.
The man sees the way his fingers move;
he sees her hands close around a book she hands to him.
They obey a third body that they share in common.
They have made a promise to love that body.
Age may come, parting may come, death will come.
A man and a woman sit near each other;
as they breathe they feed someone we do not know,
someone we know of, whom we have never seen.
                                                     –Robert Bly

Today’s haiku is A Third Body Reflection

First it was the word

then the other senses met

now a Third Body

For more information on the poet Robert Bly see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bly

Robert Elwood Bly (December 23, 1926 – November 21, 2021)

5 thoughts on “High Coo – July 22 – A Third Body Reflection

  1. Dr B

    Nice one Patrick, my wife (Dr C) and I fully identify with what Robert Bly has written. For a long time now, about 25 years, we have been “as one”, a third body.

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