A pair of glances intersecting.
Between the two the image dances.
Only between this pair of glances
Do I exist as something seen,
This hook and eye of glance and light
- working down the lines of sight -
that now I flash but then allow
to guide me through the mirror so
that I may glimpse the self that sees.
Continually I catch her eye
through moments to eternities
where they are fixed nor will let go
not once because what now divides
later conjoins and reunites
every time the glance invites.
It offers then it borrows back.
It breaks up the continuous flow
between the likeness and the fact
of face itself, the visual field
busted open: face erased.
Before my very eyes, shame-faced,
so vision itself seeks escape.
Between two pairs of eyes the thread
remains suspended in ‘instead'.
It fills my eyes in one brief glance.
It flies home, breaks on broken glass.
Another woman, bold as brass.
No seeing it. It's language only.
Multiple pasts that gather in me,
reflections on which I reflected
but do not constitute a presence.
And yet the thing won't let me be
but drags me back with brutal force.
I'm shackled to my image, held
and harnessed, braked and fully bonded,
obliged into an equipoise
stretched across the frozen sheet
of the mirror as by choice,
like rowers pulling on two oars,
dipping the oars into the fleet
current then dipping out again,
dipping and raising, dipping deep,
while it takes then renders back
in to and fro: remove, repeat,
urged now to part, now to remain
a constantly repeated item.
compulsive in its come and go:
regress, regress, ad infinitum,
a siren that's forever calling,
that grabs the eye and fiercely holds it
breaking the organ that beholds it.
The spell is broken like a trick.
Mere spectacle. A speck, a glance
dependent on the merest chance.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem