Light’s Wife

photo by m. morgan

photo by m. morgan

Light’s Wife

 Then light seeped to her corner

reaching riverine fingers, folding thin

into her skirt, spilling labryinthine onto shoes.

Eyes hung open, liddy and weighted.

What she saw from her worn stool—

bone-curved, before the window—

was everything to the front and sides:

window sill stable below an arch of wood,

double glass multiplying light.

Her rounded spine saw the tilting bookcase,

knew every thumb-smeared page of every book,

the ovoid table, its dark legs

a bouquet of wood slats. A clay mug of cold

coffee making another circle, white, on dried veneer.

Pillow deflated to the size of a head,

sheets holding angles from a slow pushing leg

parted to the wall, sheets hunched as the dreams

she left for the gentle importunate probe

of light exercising its right to her body.

Come back to your place on the stool.

You have been here before, hunched, folded

hands resigned to each drift of light.

There is nothing to do

but lean your gaze

in a constant stream,

undamned.

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