Against Your Will?
Painting by Richard Moore 2020
Was it against your will
that I still
made a pass at you
hoping that we could do
what you might want to too
in that innocent passion that was once ours?
You were moving towards me, even if uncertainly
I was moving towards you, ambitiously
Yes, I retreated at your resistance
I backed off at your insistence
but guilt I still sense.
even now, when the photographs of our courtship have long since faded.
Am I a prisoner of contemporary discourse?
Am I a predator despite myself?
Am I reading too many newspapers?
Should I surrender to the authorities?
Should I prepare for extended incarceration?
Should I ready myself for Me-Two Prison?
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