Desire

Mais c’est la machine en elle qui rêvait de caresses… -Sartre

Wrong words sometimes misheard
                            as the correct ones,

(Correction:
            there are no correct words,
            only those more or less sufficient.)

dreams disguised as prophecies while
                            all prophets are despised
& each day either parading,
            sombrely proceeding, gliding
            quietly by
or screaming as it runs into the night.

Were these fiercely defended fantasies
created only to be destroyed?

                            Is that why
we still desire them?

How strange it is that the urge to leap when crossing
a bridge so rarely corresponds
                            to the balance
between despondency
                            & excitement;
solidarity & isolation;

love, indifference & ideation…

                            how obvious
it seems in hindsight
that colour depends upon more than light:

if we close or open our eyes;
the strength of our sight; what
            we choose to see,
            or if

we look away.

 

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