In Persia, they used to wrestle
each other to ready themselves
for combat. They’d grapple in secret
meeting places, learning first
to sing, to juggle, to chant poems,
to whirl to the beat of a drum.
Let’s wrestle, love, it can only
help now. There are battles
aplenty to wage. Let us
cultivate strength on our own,
then bring our power to a hidden circle
where we’ll strengthen the other.
Imagine how our bodies will meet
each other then, moving
to a faithful, inner drum. With some practice,
imagine how strong we’ll become,
how when we emerge,
we’ll be ready to take on the world.