Poem in Two Voices

We have built a bridge dear. (You
are in my heart.)  We dance
in a circle, (round our secret
that knows).  No one sees the shared center
we turn about.  (We see what is not
visible to others.)  We saw each other
across the depths of a dark night,
(the vital signs monitor the only light.)
Heard the orderly's quiet tread
come to check my vital signs,
not disturbing (a troubled, needed
sleep.)  This is the bond between us.
(What we saw in each other,) that
no one else did.  (Until we danced
around) our shared center.

First appeared in 2019 issue of Blue Hole, the Georgetown Poetry Festival anthology, edited by Joyce and Mike Gullickson.

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