Monday, January 10, 2011

poetry for desire

Thinking still on the subject of desire

What We Say We Want
Luci Shaw

What do we say when
that hunger harrows our bodies?

I desire you. But it's not
that, or not only that.

Desire is the word we use as an excuse
for all the pain, a white flag
dropped into the battle that rages
between urgency and fulfillment.

A time of exhaustion comes
when nothing is left to want;

or when what we still want
is too large to name.
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