Male butterflies court falling leaves
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I love this poem.  From the natural world observation of the first two lines, Mayer celebrates sexual diversity, and encourages forgiveness for the sometimes ridiculous things that sex leads us to do.  Enjoy the "gambol" and “seediness” puns..

 

Male butterflies court falling leaves

And male frogs mount galoshes;

Nature exuberantly sways

In dingy mackintoshes;

 

Or plugs itself into some wild

Or odd sex-aiding symbol,

In desperate hilarity

In deeply earnest gambol.

 

Love has a bash. It needn’t end

In flower, fruit or future:

There’s profligacy, waste; there is

The seediness of nature.

 

by Gerda Mayer

 

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