April 30, 2012


The ritual swears
initiates into the mysteries,
a sword aimed at the heart,
the odd handshake,
the longed-for, whispered answer
to the secret question,
fear of discovery
by the one who squeals.
Each promise carries the power
of any youthful vow
giving way to growing up,
on a tipsy night
until at last all is revealed,
just as the first time,
is a test to make love real.