Old Man’s Lovesong
A love that holds the heavens up
like universal laws,
and burns sight like a buttercup
is a love that overawes.
A love that chokes like a thugee scarf
that drops men to their knees,
and is worshipped like a golden calf,
is a love that brings no ease.
For love should be the graveyard breeze
that brings an end to all,
when the rattling passions seize
you with a caterwaul.

Nigel Holt

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