Within One Definition


“by my words will I be justified”
                        -Susan Howe
he writes
to trouble
his margins
            this is his place
            here
            within his words
looking for him
she reads signs
he leaves behind
            some easy
            to follow
            like bread crumbs
            others
            she must tease
            from twig snaps
even when close
they are apart
the words they say are
not always what they hear
he speaks            she listens
she speaks            he listens
what parts are understood
shape the heart
within each other
(July 2012)

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