Monday, March 30, 2009

mask

fingers and thumbs,
i feel,
are more effective as a mask for the face
than the face itself.

on reflection, eyes
shadowed or mouths closed
suggest only silences

in the letters written
drawn half-an-inch thick tightly pinching the cheeks,

i felt the covering sigh wrap around
your hands and my mouth and my face
covered lightly,
suggestions as sighs

the pause between
is a distance
notable and seen -
an arms length bridge

turn to the windows to avoid
anything given away by not speaking
somewhere a distance away
a dog barks at passing trains.