Pillow Talk

To A. G.-M.

You scoffed when I suggested that restraint

In sexual affairs might be aligned

With Spirit’s higher aims. “What earnest saint

Would counsel so?” you challenged. “Love’s defined

By physical displays; are they not wise?

The tantras, like the Kama Sutra, roll

In carnal ardor.”—“Might this symbolize

The love between the godhead and a soul?”

—“Men come to wholeness through their ‘other half,’”

You parried—“so said Plato; human spirit

Best seeks truth on passion’s fleshly path!”

—“If God’s this truth, can groping draw us near it?”

You counter, “Even Jesus had a woman;”

I cry, “Divine? Pah! Sex is purely human!”

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