• Passion and Zest I Got Plenty

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    …I love a woman
    Whose conviction is
    Like a flame in her heart
    Of passion and zest for life…
    –Roland Simbulan, “The Woman I Love”, poem for partners in life & struggle & inspired by his wife Chit Estella

    sometimes the formula
    for magic
    or for average
    respect between
    two halves
    can be
    boiled down to
    eminem’s recommendation:

    “if you’re nice to me,
    I’ll be nice to you
    simple as that”

    I tell the other/s who
    count ‘emselves
    significant
    to me
    no, please,

    I don’t want a me
    to be irrationally
    angry at dust
    o’er furniture
    to panick o’er
    a three-fourths empty
    pantry

    I don’t want a me
    to be this
    obsequious
    creature out to please
    outlaws & in-laws
    or friends on
    their side
    of the fence

    even the ones
    nice on the surface
    these days they
    actually keep
    agendas secret
    ambition propels
    ‘em ever upward

    I don’t want ‘em
    to be part of
    the essential me
    the oh christ!
    she can’t bake a
    tier of cake me
    the one who asks
    what future
    can I create
    out of a
    bumbling past
    and evermore
    incoherent present?

    this will have to do
    on this day of days
    when violet
    hints of violence

    when intensity’s
    plenty can
    be harnessed
    and harvested
    to light electric bulbs
    to let loose
    dammed dams

    women like me
    will flame and flower
    zestfully
    with butterflies
    and parasols
    o’er our heads
    if nicely put
    expectations
    are edited out
    of agendas

    apologies
    unnecessary
    from me
    who thinks
    what the world
    needs now & tomorrow
    is passion/heart/zest
    to tilt the balance
    in women’s favor

    ‘tis clear
    I’ve had it
    with pragmatic people
    those who think
    and act
    with their heads

    but the peace
    has to be kept
    so try and be nice
    to the others
    including
    us who think
    and move with
    zestful hearts

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