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Sexual Mismanagement


We all want to save our children from, shall
we say,
own "ineptitude d'amour"
and endless, Laurel and Hardy love lives.

hope our kids can remember their first loves
without disturbing mental
images of dirigibles
diving into the earth while horrified crowds
ending in a monstrous thump of flame.

But we won't tell them
how we undid ourselves,
or give them practical advice, like:
"try not to
put an elbow into anybody's cheekbone,
because it's sex, and you can't
"I'm sorry, I was thinking of something else,
just for a moment"

or tell her
"Gee, dear, I was concentrating on Curling",
while she's
lying there half-stunned.

Elas Giordano 1995

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