There are gestures
which must surely come
from the l2th Century
-- my body remembers them...
The l2th Century
when Romantic Love
first entered the West
-- heart time of troubadours...
And I too feel a certain kind of love
entering my heart for the first time...
-- though this is not exactly true
there was a girl ...
her name was Camiliar Buckley
it was raining. It was l956, and I waited --
(in the Love of the l2th Century, one is always
& in the time of waiting,
the time of being apart
from the Beloved -- that,s when many
of the purest feelings come
for Camiliar Buckley to emerge from 2nd grade
so I could carry her over a mud puddle,
throw my jacket down before her feet
& I did
Waking up this morning,
thinking of seeing you next
I see myself taking your hand
& dropping to my knees, an instinctive worship
the body somehow remembers to do
-- these gestures seem a bit hokey
in the 2Oth Century
-- but they are pure
I assure you