thereafter

I whispered for the first time

I am a poet

she did not hear
and I took a moment to reflect
to gaze over images
I have seen in my mind
stories that have unfolded before me
tableaux that play out in my mind
after I close my eyes at night
to sleep
and I said again
louder

I am a poet

she was silent for a heartbeat

two

replied to me

I know
I have listened to the sound
of your breathing

thereafter I was


© Frank Prem, 2001

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