Copyright © 2001 Bob Dornberg
EngagementOnce I had a common flirtation with Life.
I had a softer skill in turning from the edge, then.
In the world where you live, I learned a body-version of love.
I took pleasure in that natural talking.
Your figure was draped in fulfillment robes,
hot and difficult to touch.
We found some mutual degradation in our high pure dance,
a practical mixture of fear and loathing.
Then I learned that I'm bound but not forever.
that I can pass in utter concourse through a windowless vision.
This gave me a minute of basic bouyance.
My voices told me the egg's in the oven,
enjoy the soul-slump, toy with the drain.
Go sit on that withered stump under the pleasure-dome.
Even thought it's the radiance that counts,
immolation in the heart-fire is a grim machine.
Copyright © 2001
Sidney Wade teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Florida. She has published three collections of poetry: Green, From Istanbul/Istanbul'dan, and Empty Sleeves.