Love & Rage

 

 

Sitting at a table for twelve on Prince Street,

the clinking of wine glasses punctuating

a din which would dim in spite of itself, eventually.

Bottles of wine confront their emptiness and

weacknowledge that our coming together

is a celebration of our parting.

 

And friendship, the gentle translucent beast,

easily swollen and easily exhausted,

swimming in the space between the shapes of headlights

on certain expanses of highway,

wrapping around the trunks of trees on

sidewalk strolls

–squeezing tightly brittle bark–

sometimes sipping on the sweat of bed-ridden bodies

tangled by hurricanes of passion and

sometimes stalking the shadows of the lonesome.

 

Always with its face pressed up against

dark window screens,

the sound of crickets at its back,

chirping with the raucous of long dinner,

the dehydrated crackling of long distance,

cold echoes clanging against the windows of memory,

its slippery skin cloaked in the married mysteries of

serene past and

flawless forever.

 

Soft eyes open, languid tongue folding the word

love

in innumerable variations,

composing its beautiful language

in the night skies of the human spirit,

the beast draws together constellations,

illuminates our recurring twilights with

the natural light of identity,

raging fires of sentiment,

which gather in points of truth–

moments flaring up out of massive black static

in shapes recognized by explorers of human interaction;

an astrology that is not readily decipherable.

 

The beast swells and clears clouds,

car exhaust,

urban dust,

the pollution of manufactured light,

our complacent trust in the tradition of death,

and it compliments our perspective with the clarity to see it.

 

And then it grows tired, grows old,

and begs us to follow as it travels the road from

haggard elegance to

our humble human homes.