2 December 2004 | Vol. 4, No. 4

All Temptation

The acrobacy of the worm

as it stretches itself over the mobile

allows you to become

aware of the lawn

at your feet. A muscle stretches

beyond your jawbone,

touches your wife

at her ear. She will soon hear your heart

beating her cheeks flush,

think of the baby

stretching its fingers for the bait.

Can this be controlled

by self-denial, religion,

revision? Surely,

these people

can be happy again.

Surely, the baby doesn't have to reach

for the worm. But

don't forget the sun,

its rising despite the pain in your side,

its call to the soil,

to the lawn. And then,

of course, the moon. We all have to grow.

In four short beats,

these three people

will be crying.

About the author:

Matthew Frank has previously published or has work forthcoming in Tampa Review, Bellingham Review, Pleiades, Rosebud, Confrontation, Brevity, So To Speak, and others. His body lives in Arizona, his heart in Alaska, and his current favorite recipe is: Seared Hokkaido Sea Scallop with Lychee Nut-Sesame Sorbet, Parmagiano-Reggiano, Lavender Oil, and Sel Gris. He can be reached at .

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Matthew Frank at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 4, No. 4, where "All Temptation" ran on December 2, 2004. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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