Love Poem

(for T)

I want I want I want: that’s the bare
shivering inside her rhetoric. I want
to touch her, through the glass of air.
Red nails red lips red hair. Her metawear:
cherry construction-paper heart that beats
sweet ripe sweet ripe, and then the bare
stone of self-advertisement. Sister,
I know your sign, the wound . . .
To touch her through the glass of air
would be transgression, though I love her
in her loneliness, prism’d in analysis
(therefore therefore therefore, as if the bare
facts could be talked into something more
special), untranslatable as this: She wants
someone to touch her.
Through the glass of air
she sees the world flown clear
of her reflection, though her mind beats out: it hurts
it hurts. Sweet heart, I know. To bear
touching her, through the glass of air.
—JENNY MUELLER