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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