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by Terese Svoboda

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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?

Terese Svoboda is the author of several poetry collections, including Mere Mortals (1995).

Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; July 1998; Aubade; Volume 282, No. 1; page 64.

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