Laws of Attraction

First: there is no universal constant
that you can blame for the phenomenon
of infatuation. Of course, there are
equations spiraling like staircases
in the glistening membranes of our cells,

but they cannot explain how sturdy knees
become bridges crumbling beneath the weight
of a smile, or how lungs shrink to shallow
basins now incapable of storing
oxygen at the murmur of hello.

Nowadays, those who maintain the theory
that opposites must attract seem as quaint
as Ptolemy's narcissistic worldview.
We are not all magnets drawn together
by the polarity of our genders.

But still, logic-addled minds continue
to measure momentum of hips, as if
calculating friction coefficients
could explain the potential energy
of lips against lips and soul against soul.

Our brains insist we cannot fall faster
than our bodies, bound like Newton's apples.
Yet we accelerate toward disaster.
Because when your heart is the projectile,
gravity does not matter. This, we know.


A/N: June 18, 2010.