A Brief Explanation of Men

Like man took fire
and invented light, so do men take women
into glass bottles, learn to switch their warmth
on and off. Sometimes man will sit for long
periods outside a woman’s house, or her temple
not wishing to be elsewhere, but praying that elsewhere
isn’t over yet. Maybe a man’s love
is also inside a glass bottle, that he hopes not to break
that he stares longingly into on his work table
hoping one day to sail. Mostly he leads his own way with it
forgetting in such clarity
the light itself he is holding

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