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Give me what I want. There is enough

For me. I want to simply love.

But all of us are puritans. We deny

The one who wants to simply love.

Is there such a pitiful supply

Of lovers? Who need love? Why?

And tell me, why did I

Love the unlettered Alpha,

And make the lettered Omega cry?

Omega loved, and wrote

Poems, weeping over a quickly written love note.

God! Every Alpha epistle was pissy,

In brief emails she rebuked me,

Meanly and selfishly.

Selfish Alpha was the world to me,

Because the world doesn’t give

To the world what the world wants. Wanting is how we live.

Alpha had it all: youth, beauty; she didn’t need

The love which those who want love need.

But that was OK. She gave me what I wanted.

Her body was a passive house I haunted

With my desire. Oh my desire

Had nothing to do but burn.

And her house never caught on fire.

But Alpha, as all eventually do,

Came to puritanism, too.

These old trees have seen it all.

Love in the spring, grief in the fall.

What is it the poets need to say?

What we want we can’t have right away.

Alpha turned proud and strove to write.

Her ink became my darkest night.

Give me what I want. And I will give to you

What Omega the poet wishes for too.







  1. Desdi said,

    April 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

    The Puritans were actually very loving.
    The word Puritan has mutated culturally and come to mean something else and the God-haters have usurped it IMO.

  2. April 18, 2018 at 3:57 am

    What is a “God-hater”? Atheists don’t believe there’s a God.

    • Desdi said,

      April 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Willful unbelief/indifference is hatred of God.

      In fact, all unsaved fallen human beings hate God.
      That is why they hate the Gospel and suppress it.
      That is why they love every religion, every philosophy, and every ideology in which absolute Truth is absent.

      The heart is deceitful above all things,
      and desperately sick; (Jeremiah 17:9)

      19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (John 3:19)

      What then? Are we better than they? Not at all.
      For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks
      that they are all under sin.
      As it is written:
      “There is none righteous, no, not one;
      There is none who understands;
      There is none who seeks after God.
      They have all turned aside;
      They have together become unprofitable;
      There is none who does good, no, not one.”

      (Romans 3: 9-12)

    • April 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Careful, Gary. They don’t like it when someone doesn’t think just like they do. It’s bad!

  3. April 22, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I am a Taoist Agnostic. I think about, and wonder at, many things.

  4. April 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I have three treasures which I hold and keep:

    – Lao Tzu

    To that I would add an open mind. A closed mind can no longer learn.

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