I peek in a window ajar. Trespassing.
Leaving stones turned, a garden of footprints, the trampled rose bush
I meant to protect. Not picking the roses, their little spiked handshakes
pricking the reddening hand, red as the velvet
scented labyrinths. I thought the house brick,
but it’s a trompe l’oeil. Up close, a red peeling
and inside, people sitting in circles, things (not tea cups)
balanced on knees, and flashing—a long white dress,
someone caught in its sweep. Someone faints.
When she’s lifted, the dress V’s beneath her,
the scene choreographed. Candles light up the stairs, the sills.
I might be watched from the street, or a car, looking silly looking.
The odd murmurs sound like prayers but tell me nothing.
The O O O of the circles,
the awkward postures leaning in.
Who’s stepped from the edge into a circle’s ring?
And to see, even outside, with partial view. The window closing,
from her book Or Consequence
Mammoth Books, 2010
used by permission of the poet