A Stranger To Yourself

Even at midnight

When the swollen moon

Hung heavy

As a woman ripe with child

She remained

A stranger to you

*

Softly she would stroke

Pale flesh

Pulling your waters

With the gentle insistence

Of a lover

Tugging at the sheets

Trying to unveil you

Lay bare those stark divides

Where sunlight

Was far too modest

To lay his kisses

*

Still you would turn

From that darkened window

Having no urge

To undress

Un-zip your religion

Slide wiggling from your jeans

As a snake would

Leave desiccated childhood

With pride

To wither in his wake

*

Lamp-lit obscurity

Illumines nothing

But bare walls, and

Man-made ramparts

Fending off advances

From the armies of darkness

When the Knowing

Is so close

Beyond your panes

*

I see both of your faces

Framed with metaphor

As your gaze finds me

One side smiling

Like a Jack of Hearts

While the other

Is cast in shadow

As you look away

From night

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