“This One Goes Out To the One I Love”

“I love you more than the world can contain in its ramshackle head.”

—Sufjan Stevens, “John My Beloved”

I did say yes
O at lightning and lashed rod;
Thou heardst me truer than tongue confess
Thy terror, O Christ, O God;
Thou knowest the walls, altar and hour and night:
The swoon of a heart that the sweep and the hurl of thee trod
Hard down with a horror of height:
And the midriff astrain with leaning of, laced with fire of stress.

—Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The Wreck of the Deutschland”

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