PORTRAIT . She is alone. She strokes her face with a cold hand, forcing a smile. What weariness. How heavy, the hour on her back. It folds, takes shelter in her tremulous flesh. It’s not loneliness she fears But those necessary encounters Hitting her with handshakes, laughter, Jokes, opinions. She would so much like to be alive. But she cannot. Day after day work devours her. Crushes her against her own bones. If she could fly and close her eyes, Turn into rain, or wind, Into a child again.
But she is alone. And doesn’t dream. Weariness flows down her cheeks And overwhelms her, Sinks her into a guttural sob That strips her naked.