On Closings (the last poem in “voices”)

August 23, 2008 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

 

 

shades

 

i keep my shades drawn, these days,

though i’m not sure

i can say why (at times

i stand behind then, shyly and slyly

drawing them back just

enough to see)…

 

perhaps it’s much like the girl

who wanted my friendship

or perhaps even more; i

was lonely and needed touching, and yet

i drew away…wounding

her so that she turned from me,

never suspecting i desired

all she might give…

 

i walk past people, holding

my face still, my eyes averted,

my feelings

quite hidden…

 

and when finally

i force myself to speak

(voice rusty from disuse)

i rarely find hearers; but then,

 

i can convince myself

i don’t care, at all.

 

as, lonely, i hide

behind drawn shades,

closed doors.

——————————————-

–Glenn

[probably dates from about 1976]

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