Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Here's a pre-Valentine's Day thought for those of us who might be afraid to risk an open heart. Risk is.....risky. But I guess I'd rather experience that vision of the pond's edge than close my heart to love altogether.

Safe Sex
by Donald Hall
If he and she do not know each other, and feel confident 
they will not meet again; if he avoids affectionate words; 

if she has grown insensible skin under skin; if they desire
only the tribute of another’s cry; if they employ each other

as revenge on old lovers or families of entitlement and steel— 
then there will be no betrayals, no letters returned unread,

no frenzy, no hurled words of permanent humiliation, 
no trembling days, no vomit at midnight, no repeated

apparition of a body floating face-down at the pond’s edge

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