Summer/Fall 2007






Lazy Eye




It’s your lazy eye
and the Medusean wisps
that curl from your nape
in late morning. It’s your
overlapped lower left incisor,
the falling strap of last summer’s

favorite sling-back flats.
It’s the held back compliment
and the sympathy seeking complaint,

the poorly crafted white lie
and the mandatory hesitance

preceding your every decision.



      But it is not the premeditated hint

      of hot pink satin as you squat

      before me in low-hipped jeans.



It’s the pucker in your tights’ toe

at day’s end, the midnight blue

bra-strap peeking through
sheer black blouse,

the dark beauty mark hidden high

on the inside of your right thigh,

your occasional too-sleepy kiss

goodnight, and the way you steal

the covers after saying you’d

shut the bedroom window.



     May my own eyes never
     be too lazy to overlook
     your beautiful imperfections.



by Jay Black 



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