Wednesday, March 23, 2011
If You Love A Tiger
If you love a tiger,
Accept her temper as you do her pleasure--
Learn her body with your own, by night and day the same.
If you adore a tiger,
Though you long to kiss her claws, resist the urge--
Warm her through like afternoon, keep her wet with evening rain.
There is always some witless goatherd--
Feed his poisons to his ugly wife,
Switch his bullets out for bindis.
There are always other tigers out to find her--
Change the seasons to confuse them,
Paint the moon with oil of linseed.
If your dreams are full of tiger,
Be the mangroves for her shelter--
Memorize her yellow eyes, forget the way you came.