Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections Domestic Fugues (Steel Toe Books, 2009) and Borrowed
Towns (Word Press,
2005), as well as several chapbooks. Read more about
When Men Stopped Wearing Hats, When Women Stopped Wearing Gloves
Little impulse, little nod,
a little sweat drying on the brow.
A woman’s fingers strain
to run through his hair like shy deer.
He leans forward while she caresses
the little coves where the hair recedes.
Cells glide over cells,
and all the other cells roar their approval.
What more have they hoped for than this
little dance, a little naked grace
beyond the tug and bind of our stitches.
All this for us, that we may sit close in moonlight,
restless as two strangers, exchanging
our wild gifts, my head in your hands.
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