Michael Perkins


The Appetite for Joy

You dismiss sex as mere appetite,
And say you seek the sharing of souls;
But if sex is less spiritual
Than fervent morning conversation,
And sharing your body is simple hunger ,
One that you can take or leave,
What about the appetite
You showed at table last night?
You dined well, with a will.

Why is satisfying one appetite—
Why is feeding one natural hunger—
Higher for you than the other ?
Is not all joy appetite for life?
If it is your soul you wish to share,
How can that be done without appetite?

Is not hunger the necessity
By which we are moved to share ourselves?
If one's taste for fine food can be developed,
Why not one's appetite for lovemaking?
Give us our appetites to save
Our hungering souls.