Isn’t it amusing that they think
we’re too old for...
and don’t see when our passion stirs?
They don’t notice your hand
reaching over to arrange my letters
in the middle of the game.
Do you know I love
those hands most tenderly
when they’re making tea?
And then, again, in the middle
of the night when you touch my arm
and, wordless, ask me to begin a ballet.
You know, I think making love to you
starts in the music of steps in snow
or your look into your purse for a lozenge
when my mouth is dry.
Yes, that’s the flag,
that’s the pointing daystar.
— Charles Bane, Jr.
Love is still in the air this Valentine weekend and, Isn’t It Amusing by Charles Bane Jr., is a reminder that passion doesn't diminish with age. The latest installment in the serialization of Charles' 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor) is part of a year-long journey as we share and explore Charles' other passion — his poetry — with you, our readers, twice monthly.
Charles is also the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He created the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A new collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth is currently taking shape.
We thank Charles for his continuing contributions and wish him well in the publishing of a collection of short fiction entitled, For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Sequel And Other Stories.