compulsion and possession


To Have To
Heather McHugh
is an odd infinitive, in which
compulsion and possession meet
and share a word together.

Both propose, and both accept;
to have because it wants to hold;
have to, because it has no will.

But then there is
no past or present either.
Coming’s going, in this match.

It’s odd because they’re one
and endless, in the end, in their
capacity to be attached…

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