Sunday, November 28, 2010


Two, alone

Exclusively so

Though face to face, devoted avoidance

Fears dismissed, mutual

One disregarding the other, taking pains not to inquire

The other feeling the sting and leaving it lie

Aggressive in the leaving

One claims ownership of pain and will not identify it elsewhere

The other’s aches compounded by

Being made to eat them

The other contends the first is incapable of change

Finished, flaws glazed and final


Neither ailment nor loss will move one to the other

Seated at either end of the table

Thin wisps of history and obligation between them

Not seeing, not hearing

Stubbornly separate

Folding farther inward


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