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August 3, 2007
In the dark.

Pupils accustomed to darkness
Grow large, greedy for the faintest glimmer,
The slightest glow.
Midnight creatures have eyes as big as saucers,
All the better to see you with, my dear.
All other senses heighten - the faintest rustle
Startles like thunder; the light scent
Of summer flowers is strong perfume;
Feet can detect
Each twig, each blade of grass, almost.

We too, kept in the dark by lovers, friends,
Seek out the clues, almost invisible -
This word instead of that, a casual gesture.
Used, now, to indirection, would we flinch
If suddenly we found ourselves in daylight?