Fighting-Weight















Flowers         -       Definitions of beauty   -   Tokens of love

"These are for you"
He said.
"Why thank you."    She replied,     "They're lovely!"

And as she raised her head their eyes met.


He did not feel the body blow at first
nor comprehend the nature of his fate.

Animal     -    the instinct     -    Animal
Survival the rule.
Only the one fight   -   to realise   -   Only the one fight.

Not this hopeless compromise.
This hopeless, hopeless,
compromise.

There is a fighting-weight of the will.
Stark in vision    -    Spare in tone
Sharp as the splintered bone.

It dictates
Never be thankful   -    Never regret   -   Never pray
Never betray    -    Never pity   -   Never cry

Deny the female
and
Surely die.