Let’s Make Love and Lightning

“I wish you’d read The Art of War.
He shook the remote control towards the Gaza Strip,
which once again, burned the innards of their television.
“Discussing all that fighting madness
might help me make sense of the world and its creatures.”

“We earth men—”

“And women, dammit! Don’t you ever forget women.
If your tactics leave them unequal, half-wanted or neglected,
I will battle against the misogyny rotting your tongue.”

“Rotting my tongue?”
He had no choice but to attack.
“It was…” he almost shouted, It was just a damn quote
But there was so much fire in those big, beautiful eyes,
so much energy fueling the lashing of his lover’s tongue.
You are ardor made art, heart of my heart.
His husband deserved veracity, alliance, a double shot of hope…

So he placed Bradbury in front of the television,
abandoned the initial scheme,
allowed tenderness to capture and overthrow treachery,
and cited time tattered wisdom (cynicism-free and trueness anew):
“We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.”

His husband’s vision had gone liquid,
wrung raw by all the non-fiction horror in the Five O’Clock News.
But neither hurt nor social disenchantment could silence the man he married.
“Sleeping beauty,” his husband said, “awoke at the kiss of a scientist
and expired at the fatal puncture of his syringe.”
He picked up Bradbury and caressed his cracked spine with his trigger finger.
“Do you know why I read this novel when you weren’t home?”

Sun Tzu told me,” he said, flashing the universal conspirators’ grin.
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night,
and when you make your move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

Husband met husband in the middle of the living room.
With Bradbury and Sun Tzu as witnesses, they kissed.
And the words they didn’t speak into each other’s mouths, said,
Let’s make love and lightning, not war or ruin.



cover art for The Martian Chronicles

46 comments:

  1. Love! A treasure! I will keep this one forever!

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    1. My poem and I are honored. ;-)

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  2. WOW!!! The imagery, the passion, the realness, the everything; another great piece Magaly!!!!

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    1. Isn't it wonderful how the mixing of living and fiction makes everything seem so much more real?

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  3. A Kiss seals a Truce. And, Make-up Sex is strategy for Peace.

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    1. I always knew make-up sex was its own kind of magic!

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  4. Wonderful! + a reminder to reread Sun Tzu :)

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    1. That's exactly what I said to the person who posted the prompt! I now must reread The Art of War.

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  5. I am head to toe goose-bumps......sizzling in the sensuosness !!! :D XXX

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    1. *chanting words that wish and wish and wish that the reshaping after the melting brings something awesome*

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  7. LOVE this, Magaly! So many examples of wonderful and compelling imagery. My favourite is "caressed his cracked spine with his trigger finger" -- so sensual and chilling at the same time!

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    1. I love the way you describe that line. A lot.

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  8. Magaly, I admire what you've done with the prompt, deftly weaving sexual politics, love, war, literature (Bradbury is a favorite), television... thanks so much for adding your voice. And a Marine... layers on layers, Poet :) ~

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    1. Your word list was quite giving. And I think the times call for poets... And sadly, for Marines, too.

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  9. Yes, Earth men certainly do ruin big beautiful things, and small delicate things, and vast inspirational things and... There will be nothing left come next millennium.

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    1. We've become quite proficient at the un-art of screwing everything up, haven't we?

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  10. A note to self: reread The Martian Chronicles and The Art of War!

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    1. Enjoy and tell us all about it!

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  11. You're very agile here with both concepts and emotions, and the result is compelling--I love both the quotes, both the lovers and the single solution posited, the truly human one.

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    1. Isn't it wondrous how when it comes to the horror of people killing hurting each other, the solutions always seems to be the same?

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  12. In the end, a kiss. A traditional end to a non-traditional story-poem!

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    1. "story-poem" I like that! I like that very much!

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  13. Oh Magaly....this is breathtaking...you have captured me here. :-)

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    1. May the capturing hold be gentle... ;-)

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  14. How I love this! "You are ardor made art, heart of my heart." Fantastic writing!

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    1. I'm so glad, Sherry. I love that you always see the beautiful in everything. ♥

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  15. "allowed tenderness to capture and overthrow treachery"

    I loved this line. So many times we are angry, and we must make that choice for the people we love. And tenderness is always the better choice.

    Beautiful as always, Magaly. ❤

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    1. I think most of us will always have the need to explode every now and then. It's part of being human. However, like you said, things would be much better if we remember to be tender every once in a while...

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  16. The only antidote to war is genuine humane contact, inter-personal relationships, learning to embrace one's enemy and to love unconditionally. I appreciate the effort and skill which went into this story - it has a message that needs to be shared.

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    1. "human contact" and getting to know another person (the enemy, for instance) is indeed "the only antidote to war." Imagine how silly every fighter would feel if s/he realizes that the person s/he is shooting at has sisters, brothers, parents, lovers... It's such an easy concept. One easy to ignore if we don't take the time that the one on the opposite side is also human and lovable.

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  17. "You are ardor made art"

    I love that!

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    1. For some reason the line makes me want to purr. Is that weird or what? ;-)

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  18. Phenomenal. I want to sing the message of this piece from the rooftops! War is such a foreign concept to me, I hope that I can always see things from a higher perspective. Our politics are silly, we are all earthlings, what is there to fight over?

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    1. It makes little sense to me, too. I understand debate, I understand being so angry at someone else's ignorance (or what we perceive as ignorance) that we want to punch them in the nose. But when it comes to killing people in order "to make the world a better and more peaceful place,' well, I just get really confused. And sad.

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  19. Magic... Tenderness as a powerful weapon, intelligent conversation, word conflict rather than physical, keeping the human contact for making love... Not war... Magic.

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    1. Magic at the beginning, and at the end Magic. Yes. ♥

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  20. Really well done, Magaly! How well you write seeing through someone else's eyes. And the illustration is so perfect!

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    1. I think I'm just lucky to run into the work of artists who say sooo much with their creations. Yes, I'm sure. ;-)

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  21. Love it. Sigh, I feel less and less of a poet when I read such art.

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    1. Ditto, when it comes to your work. ♥

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  22. Have I ever mentioned how brilliant you are?
    I love the image that accompanies your words. The perfect pairing!

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    1. Well, gracias very mucho, my beloved Winter Moon. ;-)

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  23. Wow, on fire! Truly love this! I agree with Winter Moon, you are brilliant ;o)
    Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. A bit of fire in the heart is yummily good for the soul. ♥

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