Pulling back tonight.
Put in the frame of universal truth
and relative influence of you and me
and the full moon promising to wow us all
only a spin away.
The moon will coax the tides at the least
and if you ask the triage nurse at the General downtown
you’ll hear wild tales of lunar provocation.
Is this moon madness of a sort?
Surely the ebb and flow,
the drama reflected from this whirlpool
defy casual comparison with lesser icons.
What twisted star will confess
to trickery or cruel taunting
to have led you to me?
Which daughter of Zeus is laughing to see the wreckage of her joke?
The path we’ve walked is strewn
with the debris of thwarted hopes,
Distilling and sorting
tossing and keeping
thoughts and words and feelings.
The woman,vulnerable, numb, suspended in time
stuck in a corner waiting for rediscovery,
jarring reminder she was alive
freshly aware of sexuality tightly wrapped
unfurling and open to her suitor’s ardent overtures
responding to his promised masculinity in a way unpredicted by either.
The genie is out of the bottle
whispering in their ears of forbidden delights
best kept corked.
Effervescence threatens to overflow
to drown them both
if passions recognized but not realized
are turned loose toward their goal.
Ambivalence prevails thwarting the magnet’s pull
artificial distractions offer temporary respite from planned action.
To their respective corners awaiting a signal never identified
yet known with primitive feelers
testing the waters tilling the earth
wound too tight …waiting.
out of the box-looking for signs
hanging on tight, clinging to past paradigms.
Would welcome the innocent shove of a grinning gremlin
nodding and knowing and waiting.