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Yours & Mine

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Through your lens the sequoia swallowed me   
like a dryad. The camera flashed & forgot.
I, on the other hand, must practice my absent-
mindedness, memory being awkward as a touch   
that goes unloved. Lately your eyes have shut
down to a shade more durable than skin’s. I know you   
love distance, how it smooths. You choose an aerial view,   
the city angled to abstraction, while I go for the close   
exposures: poorly-mounted countenances along Broadway,   
the pigweed cracking each hardscrabble backlot.   
It’s a matter of perspective: yours is to love me   
from a block away & mine is to praise the grain-
iness that weaves expressively: your face.

Alice Fulton, “Yours & Mine” from Dance Script with Electric Ballerina. Copyright © 1983 by Alice Fulton. Reprinted with the permission of University of Illinois Press.
Source: Dance Script with Electric Ballerina (University of Illinois Press, 1983)
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