A special shade of red
He wondered if perhaps he hadn’t always just been enamored of romance,
If it hadn’t been her at all, or at least, her especially,
If her unattainability weren’t a necessary element in the singularity towards which
He felt ineffably drawn whenever she was near,
If her disturbingly strange uniqueness or unique strangeness or both
Weren’t the flame which drew him to her, and inevitably burned him,
Leaving only a seed to regenerate and burn again.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2018; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.
Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.