There is a paradox

of the irresistible
that wonders what happens
when it meets the immovable.

*

A man tried to sell a shield & a spear
his marketing spiel had such a fatal flaw
it triggered a Chinese word for contradiction.

*

There was a fox that could never be clutched
and a hound who never slipped a hunt.
Only Zeus could solve this opposition
by spinning them into stars.

*

I faced this hurdle
a thousand times before
building an unfaltering dam
in an unstoppable river.

*

I know a heart is mighty enough
to let love & hate to pass.

 

 

Simon Maddrell, born in the Isle of Man in 1965, lives in Brighton & Hove, UK.Β Simon writes as a queer Manx man, thriving with HIV.Β He had two pamphlets published in 2020 –– Throatbone (UnCollected Press) and Queerfella (The Rialto)