What is love? What is desire?, by Duane Michals.
“What is love?
Love is a jubilant fountain of affection, that floods the hollow heart with happiness and overflows with joy. Like wind, fire and air, it is a natural element, an instinct to share, the caring heart laid bare. Lovers fill with fascination for each other, and see in the other’s eyes what their lives have been denied, and where their futures lie. Infatuation is the adolescence of true love. Romance is the fluttering of the heart, where the other departs. I cannot tame my orphaned heart’s remorse, or claim myself to be my very own, since you have roamed and love has changed its course. You are true north to my heart.
What is Desire?
Desire is a coveting need, an urgent greedy appetite to acquire and consume to satisfaction. Unlike love which seeks to serve, desire is self-serving and seeks its own reward. Lust is pined by a panicked yearning that erupts in passion and good sense and logic are dispensed. It is a spectre in the skin that leads the hand to sin. Desire dies when satisfied; desire denied multiplies. I can still remember even today the way your shirt was torn and how I glimpsed a treasured hint of your perfect form. And with that quick glance desire was born.”