Poem: Constancy

Some things a woman says are bridges

raising grief over happiness.

Once, I could only be satisfied

if she was always there, then just a touch

was enough, then the sound of her voice

and finally just the thought of her.

A face can grip your mind like unrelenting tongs

and wipe out everything else,

like a barrage of hail strafing

your gently swaying fields;

you wouldn’t find fire down a well

or dew on a lightning bolt,

so don’t hope for something more.


(from The God in the Box, Agàpe Publications, 2003)

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