• Ironically Intact

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    For Geraldine who knows about consuming passion.

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    resonance outside music’s realm
    tells of a “deep tone or a powerful lasting effect”

    when you strike a triangle, puny as it looks
    beside a piano or a set of drums, it vibrates
    to the last row of the balcony
    and carries with it a tender
    complexity of its own

    and so it is with love’s
    properties of push and pull
    what has the bed been witness to?
    the leavings of love
    the tears, the semen
    the sweat, at certain times the blood

    where did we ever learn
    such greediness so bottomless
    in the desire to glimpse the face,
    to touch the body, then the soul,
    to fathom the unknowable
    of at times undeserving
    beloveds?

    you and i have emerged
    violently scarred
    but saved
    soothed
    by songs
    accidental warriors
    after the weeping and rending

    and most of all
    beings who’re still
    unexpectedly whole

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