Speaking (Draft 1)

Speaking (Draft 1)

I could do that
I could do this
that you say is bliss

If it’s just a passing kiss
I could feel blessed a moment
under the bypass

But I fear knowing more
of your soaring complications

Could we be simple
could we be passionate
could we make love

could we be happy
could we be sappy
just because you
seem to know me

and I wouldn’t mind
to be shallow because
when I chatter aimlessly
I’m just trying to
massage you with words
because you are beautiful
when you listen to me

and I love to hear you
tell me everything

every ramble is divine
because something of you
speaks to me
even over tea
even in silence

— Douglas Gilbert