10 October 2009
Crush by Mark Scott
that's a schoolgirl's phrase,
the lexicographers say.
But I have a generalist's temperament
any aunt or schoolgirl can daunt and tether.
and I have had crushes all my life,
once on my aunt, my uncle's wife,
sometimes for many days together.
crescit sub pondere virtu:
What's so passing about it?
It's Byron's "Everything by turns
And nothing long,"
and you would have to have
Frank O'Hara's mental life
in Georg Simmel's metrolpolis
not to be ground up in its mills.
How pervious and flappable
can you afford to be?
"Marble does not laugh," said Diderot --
yes, but even marble twitches
From Tactile Values