janice kulyk keefer

Wisdom, Janice Kulyk Keefer

I who have decided to love mankind
instead of men,

to love life’s contradictions,
impossibilities.

I who have grown into a fine old
philosopher, when suddenly

the telephone rings, his voice
prickling the length of my neck.

Or he teases me, calls me
sweet little goose
and my heart careens.

What we love in another
is the life in that person;
that is why we must never
seek to possess him.

sweet little goose