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Mad Love

Madness.
This is what you want.
This is what you hope for
crave
desire.
This is what you’ve never had.
You want love to mean necessity
no matter what.
You want love to mean
whatever it takes.
You want love
to be waiting up for you
longing for you
searching for you
carving out a place for you
dying for a moment with you—
sometimes you want love to say
just a minute
to everything but you—
You,
who would give life and limb
to hold such passion in your arms—
to return it
breathe it
swallow it
become it—
this is what you want
on a night like this
when everything you have to give
is contained inside you
boiling
steaming
waiting to be wanted
and consumed—
all of it going
to such terrible waste.

 

 

 

 

DeMaris
3-1-17

 

“Lady of Shalott” John William Waterhouse, 1888

Liability

If you follow me
off this cliff
into madness
into the mess
of something
that only feels
like love
out of curiosity
or loneliness
or boredom
I won’t catch you—
I won’t even try
to break your fall.

DeMaris
12-24-16

 

Liability (Version 2 – can’t decide which is best)

If
out of curiosity
or loneliness
or boredom
you follow me
off this cliff
into madness
into the mess
of something
that only feels
like love,
I won’t catch you—
I won’t even try
to break your fall.