February 17, 2005

Unbuttoning You

Buttons
in a perfectly
straight row
down
a perfectly
starched shirt;
an assertive tone,
an aloof demeanor -

You.

Elsewhere,
I am
unbuttoning you,
peeling away
the power
blue shirt,
the coolness,
the formalities.

And you
who speak so clearly
and so confidently,
are groaning wordlessly
and shuddering
in my arms.

Later,
you dress
and we notice
one of your
buttons
is missing.

Fall 2003.

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