Plumes of iridescent hues compete with
Minuscule spurs and tons of attitude
Green tail-feathers raise and fall in perfect arcs
Cockscomb gate-crashing hen nights
With perfect assurance:
Only a male bird can pull off such theatricals
From ‘Animal Kingdom’
Incomprehensible as an open book
Written in Swahili or ancient Greek
If you happen to read no such languages.
Not all the tea in China nor lexicons or How To
Paperbacks can conquer or explain:
It puzzles and titillates novice as old hand
But no one can claim freedom or disinterest.
Awe-inspiring or pathetic
We all have brushes with the wondrous
The truly impenetrable but
Insistent, exacting, severe challenge
That takes without asking
Denies without reason but
Succumbs easily and gracefully
When least expected.
Master and supplicant
Idol or divine creature;
Flesh without substance
Form or essence:
Who can lay hand on
Or even begin
To comprehend the
Nature of love?
From ‘Aspects of Attraction’