Love 24: free


Gravity and Center

Henri Cole, American born 1956

from Blackbird and Wolf, 2008



I’m sorry I cannot say I love you when you say

you love me. The words, like moist fingers,




One of 19 intaglio prints of his own handprints; trial proof, 1998. 

Jasper Johns, American born 1930. Private collection loan to the Philadelphia Art Museum in 2021/22



appear before me full of promise but then run away

to a narrow black room that is always dark,

where they are silent, elegant, like antique gold,

devouring the thing I feel. I want the force

of attraction to crush the force of repulsion

and my inner and outer worlds to pierce




The Impossibe, III, 1946, bronze. 

Maria Martins, 1894-1973, Brazilian,  MOMA, NY




one another, like a horse whipped by a man.

I don’t want words to sever me from reality.

I don’t want to need them. I want nothing

to reveal feeling but feeling—as in freedom,

or the knowledge of peace in a realm beyond,







Offerings at a street shrine, Ahmedabad, India, 2010



                    the sound of water poured in a bowl.