Doreen Gildroy
How She Moves Her Hand

If I could see a still life,

I would see it changing.


She is more fluid than I

and calls to me.

(We are different objects now.)


It is the only thing

happening—this moment:

so small the circle of her curving.


With a terror

I let those

bits and pieces go

(the trivial)


to flow into the image

to burn


into another world

where I am not known.


In the night, where I am,

I don’t need to be a figure.

Found In Volume 36, No. 03
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Doreen Gildroy
About the Author

Doreen Gildroy’s first book, The Little Field of Self (University of Chicago Press, 2002), won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. Her second book, Human Love, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005.