Peter Chapman Poetry


this news from the radio just now:

boys have less emotional response ability
than girls, and their far greater testosterone
is an armored hormone, causing them
at an early age to understand their feelings
less and protect them more than girls
who they desire uncontrollably
all their lives

but Merwin can write:

In the dark I think of you
naked in my arms in the sun
on the porch by the pines

so there is hope for hormones
in poets
and nakedness

Merwin lines from Living Together in Finding the Islands