I wish, just once, you`d look up from that book
you always have your nose in. Perhaps we could
discuss the author`s style and composition.
And while I held your gaze, (at last discerning
the true shade of the eyes behind the shades),
you’d stop pretending books fulfil your needs.
I know you think I’m just a pretty boy
and don’t respect what lies between your ears;
you think I stare at some imagined flaw.
But I have been more constant an admirer
of your refreshing plainness, never seeking
the favour of the ever-present blonde.
If I could stimulate your intellect
I would not ever make you choose between
my love and love that present shares your bed.
There’s room enough for three, as you will see;
you cannot warm your feet upon a book.
First published in The Black Rose