Some mornings I wake to find you leaning over me, watching me with a scientist’s intensity as if I am a specimen of water no longer wet. We study each other like photographers measuring light. It is in darkness that we speak truths. We wonder if we’re crazy, if it’s bad to still love ourselves after all these years. Our parents’ DNA and damaged cells inhabit our backbones, each of us already displaying our own patterns of infidelity. We take turns wearing the strait jacket, fake-smile as we buckle and unbuckle our arms around hollow abdomens. Our hourglass of sand is trickling through the thin waist of time. Give me a bright grain of hope. Promise me redemption. Sing my praises. Perhaps I’ll sing yours.
Gail Braune Comorat, a founding member of Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, has been published in Grist, Adanna, Gargoyle, and various anthologies. She received a 2011 fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as an emerging writer in poetry, and was the winner of the 2012 Artsmith Literary Award for her poem “Summer of Ladybugs.”