A Poem For Friday


"Aubade" by Terese Svoboda first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in July, 1998:

Sinews here and there,
his legs twined at desk
and all of him bare,

mousing around, click,
so the child won't wake.
Sinews, his sex thick

but laptopped, glasses
found then lost then
a child flushes

and my hands on him
count only as clothes,
as information.

Sinews, I say, sotto voce,
and he smiles into
his screen. At me?

(Image of Nightcam by Jake Ziemann)