Impossible Exchange [Poetry]

‘Porn is a hell of not having … of infinite desire laid over the world on a screen.’


is a hell of not having
but seeing
the transposition
of infinite desire
laid over the world
on a screen

there is no resolution
to the seduction
of the symbolic
it remains
an impossible exchange

the object of desire
does not exist.

you are
as attractive
as you are
and have sex
when one woman
is not too tired.

but what you have
you have
through the trade of yourself
really the only currency
worthy of another.

this is the beauty
to remove the shades
from your eyes
and view yourself
and your love
by the funhouse lenses
of the impossible.

how we have grown the impossible!
in ways beautiful and terrible
in images we create.

but let us make love
as we are
flesh to flesh

this is the way
of honesty
we have trodden
for ten thousand years
seeding sons and daughters
flesh of our flesh
and bone of our bone.


This was previously published on glassdimly.

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About Jeremy John

Jeremy John is the Food and Faith Network Director at the Quixote Center, where he builds alternative economies in faith institutions for food justice, where he landed after Occupy DC remade his hopes and dreams. Jeremy has been an activist ever since he accidentally ate the red pill instead of the more harmless blue one. He converted to Christianity, to his horror, while serving a six-month prison term for civil disobedience to close the School of the Americas. He blogs about faith and activism and tweets about whatever catches his fancy, usually faith.


  1. Beautiful. Down to earth. Naked as honest lovemaking. Thank you.

  2. Jennifer J. says:

    Thought-provoking and oddly beautiful. Thank you.

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