The Hot Place



You were so beautiful

When you looked up with joy in your eyes

From the ground.

You need not speak.

I can hear you anyhow.

How could we stand back to back

And walk away from each other

In opposite directions?

We walked in a trance so long-

How surprising to find ouselves

Approaching each other

Face to Face.

There is not word

That means


To me.

I will never walk away from you

Even if

You walk away from me.

A thousand nights

I wandered

Wondered where you were.

I was selfish.

I was wrong.

-lisa king, 2004