Friday, March 13, 2009

I do not approve

I do not approve of death
Unless it is sensual,
Something forbidden, ecstatic
Entered into.
A sweet desideratum and delight.
The torpidinal
Stygian kisses
Of an ageless avatar.

I will not venture into love
Unless it is secular,
Some stultifying wine or water
Swallowed.
Astonishing intoxicant!
The vertiginal
Liquid image
Of a masterful tempter.

I cannot accept hostility
Unless it is intimate,
The fear-concealing armour of the heart
Removed.
A flesh-and-bone opponent.
The original
Sinister body
Of an unabashed warrior.


first draft, January 1986;
revised a few times during the subsequent twenty-odd years