POETRY: Truly No Man Can Ransom Another by Katherine James

Truly No Man Can Ransom Another, by Katherine James

Or give to God the price of his life
If there is a kettle steaming
It is there for the battle inside
The structure that changes
From water to fog
And a mist rising damp to the ceiling

If a person seeks to have moments
And stretches during which
Molecules transgress
Their state and buzz unaware
In temperatures worth noting
Because of the changes within,
Then truly it is the heat that gives life
Not the ransom of another
Or replacement of structure

One life gives life that is life
If life came from that first
Boil, then reach for the heat
And plunge into the horror
Of molecule’s rapid chant
Over and over

The love the love the love
Your love that ransoms me

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