TO NOT HAVE LOVE IS TO HAVE LOVE

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To not have love is to have love,
Because everyone knows love is desire.
Love you don’t have, but want, is love.
This is why I seem cold, with my burning fire.
I have love. I have you. Because I have desire.
I do burn. And my burning is so hot
I cannot show it. I seem cold. But I’m not.
I have love. I have desire. I have you
Because I do not have you now.
I had to have had love to not have love,
And to not have love is to have love.  I wondered how
You were cold. But I don’t wonder that anymore.
Love is to not have love. Love the god does not have love, I’m sure.

To know love we had to see a body—
Bodies the only object of human love.
So bodies are the basis of the process
By which love is more when having is less.
And so bodies always fade when they are loved,
And the face loved shows a mysterious distress.
Bodies are the gateway to desire;
Bodies obey the disappearing law.
Bodies turn away and say goodbye.
You loved the body. Now it must die.
In my mind is the volcano of the past.
Desire! Desire! Only desire will last.
The longing madness loves the most.
Love sees the body. But the body is a ghost.
The body is not real. The love we hold
In love, is what we held.
I saw her on the other side of the hill in the mist and yelled.

 

 

6 Comments

  1. johncoyote said,

    October 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Please read and enjoy the work of a talented writer.

  2. johncoyote said,

    October 16, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Outstanding poetry. Thank you.

  3. October 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Joni Mitchell wrote a pretty good song about a Coyote, Coyote. Good poem too.

    • noochinator said,

      October 20, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      She created a great one about a wolf too!

      • October 21, 2018 at 1:21 pm

        You notice the homage to the beginning chord in “A Hard Day’s Night?” (G7sus4/A)

        I love me some Joni. That overbite drove me crazy.

        • noochinator said,

          October 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm

          I notice the homage chord now, thanks for pointing it out!


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