Mercury in transit
         across the face of the sun
testimony to the size
         of the universe
and to our own
         delusions of grandeur

Intelligence is perspective
         is distance and dimension
Love is intimacy
         the reconciliation
of separateness
         within a shared cosmos
and so we explore
         its origin and course
light that flickers
         a heart that flutters
a wanton nakedness draped
         across our star-bred flesh
a wantingness
         a longingness
language refracted
         through shards of desire

Imagine the loneliness
         of trees bereft of birdsong
of the aching rose
         that the bee ignores
of an angel
         with no message to tell

John Lyons


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