Eros and Civilization

There he sat: Eros.
Here I sat: Civilization.

He wanted to seed;
I wanted to read.

After dialectical struggle
I decided to yield

my field to his plow.
When I satisfied

his need to breed,
I bred – he read.

from How Odd This Ritual of Harmony (1981); reprinted in
Make Your Way Across This Bridge: New & Selected Writings (2003)