On Closings (the last poem in “voices”)

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





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.



[probably dates from about 1976]

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