Theme: Discord

The Poet and the Philosopher

The poet tells you that
All those stories about perfect orgasm,
Orgasmic delight or dream orgasm are not true,
For you have to first believe in sexual purity,
In the intensity and goodness of sex
Then rarify the moment,
Reckon with yourself, and
Mount the steps of the pulsating universe
Only to give pleasure to the other,
Then receive pleasure in all humility,
Write about it in erotic detail
For others to understand your special privilege
And prepare to die in delight.

The philosopher tells you that
You are chasing a mirage that
You have inherited for earlier centuries
By making the body the site of pleasure
And there is no perfect sex
Divorced from power
For it is all a part of sexuality that arrives to you
Via the Christian pastoral and the ‘bare it all’ confessional,
You have placed the highest value on sex
And then exchanged it for death,
Something that is worth dying for,
The philosopher tells you to throw away
Both sex and sexuality and prepare to live.


More By  :  Mukesh Williams

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