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Beekman Boy Brent: 'You Should Read Poetry in Bed to the Person You Love'

 
 
   
 

Brent Ridge, who along with his partner Josh Kilmer-Purcell make up The Fabulous Beekman Boys, wrote this loving poem just in time for Valentine's Day. If you haven't yet read our cover story with the couple—whose trials and tribulations starting a farm were documented on their own reality show, and who won this past season of The Amazing Race—be sure to check it out.

The below poem was originally posted on The Beekman Boys' blog

You Should Read Poetry in Bed to the Person You Love

By Brent Ridge

You should read poetry
In bed
To the person you love
Because

You will see things
That you have not seen
Before or
For a while
Like
The light in their hair
The color of their eye
The blush of their cheek

You should read poetry
In bed
To the person you love
Because

You will hear things
That you have not heard
Before or
In a long time
Like
The little creak their right elbow makes
The brush of eyelashes as they blink
The rhythm of their breath just before they sleep
And start to snore

You should read poetry
In bed
To the person you love
Because

You will feel things
That you have not felt
Before or
Perhaps ever
Like
Your heart swelling so much it might burst
Your brain suddenly filled with everything and nothing
Your toes curling

You should read poetry
In bed
To the person you love
Because

You will know things
Like
The words that you always wanted to say
But couldn’t

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