Give & Receive Pleasure

50% me & 50% you complete a circle of trust,
loyal companions assured of mutual support,
sharing good cheer & an urge to splurge
on carefully chosen words

Egotistically feigning ignorance & indifference,
a stickler for details, professing innocence
and tightening knots to stop the unraveling of fabric
carefully chosen & woven for a snug fit

Left my heart, not in San Francisco as the song goes,
but a different town altogether,
temporarily lost at sea
’til you & I realigned & declared undying love
treasuring our first kiss

08 September 10:05 PM

My appetite torn between the fruits of Heaven & Hell
My allegiance sworn equally to Man & Beast

There’s a Man beside me in the mirror
looking after me & mine, in tune & time with my lament

I’m a fraction of the Woman I dreamt to become
but I’m not silenced yet, unchanging in ways & means

Writing as healing, speculation as fact
accepting erasures, as well, regulate the challenge before us


Placid waters flow from mind to mind electrified
stimulating dormant tissues very much alive –

Arrivals & departures promise of eternal bliss
leaving a dying man feeling as if he’s never truly been kissed
in answer to the marksman’s aim to cleverly digest
like Cupid’s wish to relieve the beast of ageing signs of stress –

Sometimes try to re-imagine life outside the fold
of those who trust that yet ahead we’ll storm the shores of Shangri-La

A Wizened Fool

Deliciously despondent truth
Correct me if I seem crude, won’t you?
… still not over you …

Leaning toward ‘what for’ in this silent debate,
choosing what should become of me,
willing the time yet ahead well-spent
seeing clearly despite mucked-up lucidity
finally achieving peace of mind
contentment with life ‘as is’