Love is Insane

Love is Insane

Love is forged in the furnace of the heart
not the convoluted corridors of the mind.

What sane person would tread
on searing coals of the heart

for the sake of love?

Afraid of Being Loved

If compassion
penetrates your heart,

it will not shatter.

If forgiveness
permeates your heart,

it will continue to throb.

My Beloved,
why are you afraid

of being loved.

Turning the Hasp

My Beloved is near

when I hear the jingle

of Her key turning the hasp

in the padlocked door of my heart.


Are you afraid your Beloved

will kiss your timid eyelids

opening them to the suffering

in her heart?

No Differences  

Is love

an artist’s bloody-ear gift
to a courtesan,

an orgasmic encounter
of two strangers
in a dark alley,

or the heart’s plunge
into a lover’s fiery fervor

like a moth’s plummet
into the candle’s flame?

Perhaps there are no differences.


I place a pearl in my lover’s palm—

she sees a grain of sand.

Freedom Can Be Terrifying        

When Eve and Adam
left the Garden of Eden,

God said,

“Now, you are free to love
each other – or not.”

Eve said to Adam,

“Do I scare the bejeezus
out of you

now I’m free to love you?”

Adam ran and pounded on Eden’s door,

pleading to be let back in.

Two Blind People

My Beloved and I are

like two blind people

bumping into each other

in a closet,







David was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 years before the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames.” He continues to write poetry and makes presentations on poetry of Eastern and Western Mystics and leads poetry workshops as a faculty member of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine. David is a regular contributor to Kind Over Matter. David plays the “Shakuhachi,” a Japanese bamboo flute used in Zen Buddhist meditation and celebration. He combines his flute music with poetry readings. He has taught Tibetan and Western poetry to Buddhists monks at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can contact David via email or follow him on his website.

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