body

body   

Skin
Acknowledgements to the creator of this image for its use

you have   a   s k i n fu l  of it /  the smell   day hid
leaves   r e me m b e r
on   the   e v e n i n g .   it    r I s e s
like     the  d ark   from flowers.

you’ve   shrunk    to a distant  cool   that   s k i n f u l

of   r a i n   you  held closed    at the
shoulders   this morning   /  a  stone
taken   full under   the flow of mind   that would break   the surface
were it  to  e a s e  /  cause
speech.
the   r a i n   collapsing
on  the   a i r   no strength
could   right it.

you’ve   had    a     s k i n f u l   of the most   disguised words
slipped   in love  /  glances
the  accidental  touch   of those   we were
always  most  taken with /
hung-over   you go through   it again   in good faith   you
call   it   /   come to   it
in  the body.

january 1990

Copyright © 1990 Peter Le Baige. All Rights Reserved

The music accompanying the reading is from the opening movement of the  Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 and interpreted here in performance by Martha Ärgerich (piano), Edgar Moreau (cello) & Renaud Capuçon (violin) in October 2016 at the Philharmonie de Paris. 

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