praevalet illicita by Karen Pioquinto

praevalet illicita
by Karen Pioquinto

perhaps, it now comes to me,
that was the attraction of it.
the off-kiltered sense of predestiny
that circled this chipped idea
made whole by cups of adventure
we offered each other those few fleeting times.
it is likely that the keenness
was heightened by favors filched
from trusted confidants
and by the lightheadedness
that comes from defiance.

the likelihood made me cringe–
now, only pinpricks remain.
what is no longer forbidden
quickly loses its charm.

©2000 by Karen Pioquinto