this presence

“We share the invisible nature of these
things, our bodies and theirs”
                        –Michael Palmer

a belief in nature to hold us
clasped hands cover our faces
shock horror dismay run rampant
someone pages frantically through a book
 a finger stabbing here here and here
laughter crackles deeply from a phone
distance muffles the heart’s pulse
what we share what we hold within
our bodies rippled by a weary fear
like wind slowly ruffling a cat’s fur
always an explanation hides somewhere
always another lie coats our tongues
our presence within these bodies
our bodies together here today
(October 5, 2013)

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