The touch that aroused curiosity
The look that cut through the identities of life
Rising from the ashes of ignorance
Venturing, with a lisp, into the embrace of a disarming disrobing
Purloined from the bashful secrets and cajoled by an emergent strange face with muttered whisperings
Strolled, stomped, energized, silenced
In my ensuing stupor, all futures aghast. The shame. The haze. The ecstasy.
My confusions too and the speculation of all that is left mute and moot.
The shifting whispering silences that attend me. The woes of the peers and the traditions of home
The culture of solitude and the yardstick of convention
Converging to assault my senses and dumb my hastening pace
With strides in full gait and the redemption of time
Encircled within the arms of tolerance and halting embrace
Intoning the virtues of my learning
I skip and jump and somersault even as I pirouette
Converge. Conform. Blend in. Fall into line
Unspoken words from the distant catcalls. Bludgeoning Catapults
Shrouded in the embers of traditional affectations. Stifled. Sealed, without an aperture, the suffocations of birth
The filters. Life and the dances of shame. My being, my vision and the solitude sublime
Who would venture to such lengths obscure? To encounter the shifting parapets beyond the pale?
Who would engage in such a dance on cobblestones when the floors, extant, embrace the weight?
He hesitates. He hesitates. He almost grows on stilts. Gingerly, raises his hands askance to the torso
Touching the very tips of a protruding low hanging fruit. Piercing the veil of the warm forbidden track
Exploding with the urgency of a coiled spring
Drenching, in its gentleness, both thoughts and, mind
Why! I wonder, must it be so?
The moments of darkness and the embrace of the twilights
Fermenting in the loneliness of singularity
And discovering the duality of emotions suppressed. Moments, stolen in the silhouette of noise
Who can see it and who can feel it?
They demand conformity to the essence of our definition
Yet, Sempre Libera, a sustained refrain
From cradle to grave and all in between
They become strangers that will have you conform.