Poems Loosely about Love
by Douglas Gilbert
Deep, deep. Cheap deep. Somebody’s beem telling boys that girls like poems. Secret: mostly it’s a pun-moan except as a gesture from someone they already like, and like a classic line, and classic manipulation, those boys are like stinging insects hiding on a flower. That boy’s “all hat and no cattle.”
What about cute Nature? Revelations: bees who sting are not charming; about the prettiness of birds: Great Horned Owls break the spine of a fox and eat it alive. Plus, once in a while (once upon a time): Sharks, wolves, lions, and other creatures who have publicists extolling their virtues, actually do attack or eat people.
Sharing a business or common interests can be tricky.
Visiting America, I met her
in a field of renoncules that
locals call butter cups
She’s my darling Buttercup
She wanted to offer me a partnership
in her business and to share business.
But much ado about love in the dew
and then onward afield ’til
we were back for a romp
under and around
the Arc de Triomphe
to play like tourists and
then marched to her home,
palace of the cuisinière
at the bakery de l’Étoile near Paris.
We homed in on her nest
over the bakery with zest, and
she was hot because the
spice of the day made for
joy and frolic at home
We chilled with a wine
she recommended for the night
and a tête-à-tête with an intimacy
and as our voices modulated to a purr
we unrolled a cloth like a sheet of dough
and my Buttercup
melted in the bed.
We kneaded in layers of joy
to be crisp and flaky like a croissant
In the morning, I left early to buy butter and
I had wondered: what is a croissant
if to do it is not to have it?
I came back uncertain.
My darling Buttercup,
let me keep this butter,
have the bakery, and
I will make you a croissant with love.
Well, she said:
You want the butter and
the money from the butter
and le cul de la crémière…
So you my love, must bring me
a buttercup of the field and I will
peer into your eyes until I decide
if you’re flaky enough to cook.
— Douglas Gilbert, ebook: Back Door Poetry,(Amazon: ASIN : B08LQX3ZF7 ), 2019, ISBN 978-0-359-90524-9