If You Are A Man

Lilacs in the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Photo by Eileen Lavery.If you are a man
Who thinks that there is
Nothing special in
The red autumn light
“The moon is the moon
The same old phases.”
Then you’d better have nothing
To do with me

If you are a man
Who does not believe
In poems, music,
Bright garments at night,
Who feels things do not
Look best by moonlight
Then you’d better have nothing
To do with me

If you are a man
Whose heart is only
An empty mirror
Colourless, closed tight,
Reflecting whatever,
Stands there in plain sight,
Then you’d better have nothing
To do with me

If you are a man,
However, who stands
Beneath a clouded moon
With lilacs in bloom,
Who brushes his lips
With morning’s first dew
Then I’d like nothing better
Than a man like you,
Nothing better than
A bedewed, moonlit,
Shadow man like you.

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To read all of Songs about Sex, Death & Cicadas by Andrew Grimes Griffin, just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

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