Love in Wartime

Unfettered from declaring love.
Instinctual embrace to sooth and share bared
fears in this crisis moment.
No tomorrows stand demanding proof of worth.
Who told us time is infinite?
Who forbade intimate entangling?
Who swallowed you against your will, fed on
your dissolution in distrust?
Why believe we must earn fulfilling touch,
spend so much to hide from scrutiny
that fluidity of feeling gets denied, crucified,
dismissed as crutch?
Do deities in smiling wisdom smite our plans,
playfully cut our tongues, testicles, with
viper teeth as reminder?
This war parade, tribes defined by entrenched
enmity, is not child of divine desire.

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