Monday, 25 May 2009

I Love you

and your perfect ask

‘Would you scratch my back?’ is enough

to stretch out hands because folk who love

happily scratch backs where a person can’t reach

 

and the perfect one

is the kind without give and take

repercussion; like a given scrape

of skin without expectation of return.

 

No; it’s not for gain;

no transacting for dividend,

economics, or seeking a friend,

but a reaching act of warmth and fingernails;

 

like a one way kiss,

my itch stopping behaviour

-simpler than poetry can carry-

back scratching seems, in love, all there really is.

 


18 comments:

  1. I think this is a perfect poem. Beautiful. @};---K

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  2. Loved the poem.

    How many people out there are sad and think of *another* when they have an itchy back and there are no willing fingernails to be found? Too many. Far too many.

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  3. This is great stuff! Love to visit here & read your poems. Who are some of your favorite poets & poems?

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  4. love this. turns back the saying "I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine."

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  5. I live in a world of asks, and I have to say that is a perfect ask -- beats all the ones I hear in a day hands down. Love this one.

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  6. Choice and true...as all poems should be. Thank you!

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  7. I like this poem. It's so heart-warming! :)

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  8. This is so very pretty... such a simple gesture explained so lovingly <3

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  9. makes me itch...for someone to scratch my back

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  10. lol come on turn around and Ill give ya back a scratch :)) you put such a heart felt feel to the itch of love and sharing beez :))

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  11. Fantastic Love Poem,what it's all about.

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  12. Very insightful and does more than just scratching the surface.

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  13. Marvellous, John. The simplicity is astonishing. So many thoughts haunt my mind that even my words have jumbled up. You expressed an emotion, I wonder, I can ever again express.

    I wonder why did you add 'economics' in there. I want to scrutinize it, find the foundation on which this poem stands. While my brain wants to do that, my heart reminds me it is all about a scratching an itching back.

    When I was young, I used to do it myself. You know, with a comb. :D

    It is funny. No economics. Economics is a complex term, but the poem (I don't know if you did it intentionally) tones it down. Wonderful. In the end, I am just a man; a person.

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