As if there are words that actually mean what we
think, what we feel: the keyboard is an absurd
compromise, an approximation, the discord between
manifest alphabet and mind is the dark sky of day.
To listen, to read, is to dress the naked body,
impale an ill-fitting soul upon its breast, to tell it
your secret, give it a name. The reader declares
possession, the listener misappropriates pronouns.
Didn’t you say goodbye like an onomatopoeic verb
with nine syllables for retreating footsteps? Wasn’t it
the whole poem you wrote — while all you wanted
was for the moon to interrupt, just one more time?