By Allan Lake
PROMPT — What is Love?
I give you avalanches of love,
attempt your language (a marathon
with hurdles), wait for you to commit
as if I were a patient man, unfriend
friends, farewell blood, drop principles
off a cliff, ditch the fedora, get sunburn
get out of town before sundown –
all manner of significant things
I have done and would do again,
my love, but you must not insist
on dressing me to look like
some imaginary love.
That’s when I jump, naked
if need be, from this worryingly
Allan Lake is a poet who lived all over Canada and is now living all over Australia. He spreads himself around. His latest poetry collection, published by Ginninderra Press, is 'My Photos of Sicily.' It contains no photos.