Poem of the Month: April 2011

ambitious for love

Ambitious for love
I spin you into a filament
With the strength of silk.

Ambitious for love
I make a hook of you
and sharpen it.

I have manufactured everything else
For my own capture,
But it is your smile
Which brings me to the surface.

It is an easy mistake.

This time somehow
I recognise my danger with seconds to spare,
And draw back,
Not ambitious for the forever,
Which even when it’s over
Has to be pulled again and again
From torn and trembling flesh.

© James Nash (Coma Songs, 2006)