“Leave out the face to make more curious…”


Leave out the face to make more curious
this figure or place —
it is a solemn turn the breath takes
in aridity.

But I thought reading your words
of your name and the image of your mouth
open and empty


He put his teeth into wood to test its music
and was flayed: His insides were turned out.
“Someone mentioned to me”

writing into silence, I could see my hands clench
and remove clenched speech.

We must tell the world we are not here.

Tom Fisher (© 2002)