Love: tight spaces, darkness, trials,
The movie with Spencer Tracy, who wishes
Marlene Dietrich were not German, not a woman
with mixed loyalties. My father is German.
His father banished the violin, saying it caused
too much sensitivity in the boy.
accused me of being too sensitive, another,
not sensitive enough. The plant that folds its
when touched. My skin feels your touch, still.
A cry, a seagull, an ocean, brine. The skin,
raw and blistered. A wound to prod at. Your
your concerned stare. Your own heart, its
distances that keep us on each side. The gate
you ask me to open, the slow surrender, reaching
flaming arrows that breach the unspoken truce.
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