for one

Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Naked Human

- you I dare not love –

your vast softly-embracing love

lays down itself like oil

on the restless sea of my youth –

 

- while I still intoxicated sleep

between your rocking limbs,

you, laughing, empty

my quiver of arrows –

 

- you I will not love –

I will see the sun through breaking waves –

to the hard tones from my bow’s string

I will go out to hunt life –