Saturday, July 29, 2017

Surreptitious Kissing by Denis Johnson


Surreptitious Kissing
 
I want to say that
forgiveness keeps on 
 
dividing, that hope
gives issue to hope, 
 
and more, but of course I
am saying what is 
 
said when in this dark
hallway one encounters 
 
you, and paws and
assaults you—love 
 
affairs, fast lies—and you
say it back and we 
 
blunder deeper, as would
any pair of loosed 
 
marionettes, any couple
of cadavers cut lately 
 
from the scaffold,
in the secluded hallways 
 
of whatever is
holding us up now. 

 
 

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