Tuesday, August 2, 2011

tethered (this inertia of love)

tethered (this inertia of love)

Centripetal force is the force by which bodies are drawn from all sides,
are impelled, or in any way tend, toward some point as to a center.
—Isaac Newton

I like the way your sparkling earrings lay,
Against your skin, it's so brown.
And I wanna sleep with you in the desert tonight
With a billion stars all around.
“Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Eagles, Eagles

when he fell in love
the last time
the only time

he wrote his novel
about lovers
meant for each other

a life of joy and peace

and nobody cared
no one read
or turned past page one

demanding pain and tragedy
lovers parted
torn apart by fate

and of course she left
him alone
with a boring novel

him tethered always
to the angle
of her ankle and foot

that came to him
in weighted dreams
spinning him nightly

like a moon full
his centripetal fate
an orbit decaying

from the pull of gravity
against centrifugal forces
this inertia of love

artists and scientists
bend against
the pull of love

like children lost
in rhyme
strings in their fingers

wishing to catch
and cradle
the one other

who lies beneath
starlit nights
only for this lover

novels and theories
pale against
skin drawn to skin

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