Act of Love
Bertram Warr, The Collected Poems of Bertram Warr: Acknowledgment to Life, ed. Leo Gasparini, pref. by Earle Birney (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1970): 69.
1Over this sticky mound of us--
2You flaccid and sagging into sleep,
3Exuding, after the diligence of your response,
4The sour smell of the unbathed;
5Me, lingering flatly on banality,
6The euphemistic ."Act of Love,."
7Requiring you again, yet reluctant to excess,
8Remembering the always grey-glue-drifting
9Weakness of waking.
10Over us hangs
11The shriveled hollowness of sublimity.
RPO poem Editors:
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung