When He Fell
When he fell, strangers ran to him.
Strangers called for help, lifted
his body and carried it. Then strangers
cut him, emptied him. Their ideas
of death determined when
touch him again. Their ideas of death
closed door after door between us,
altered his face, altered his presence --
violated the contract,
took away even his wounded heart.
When he was at last delivered to me,
I was no longer myself -- just as he
was no longer within identity.
had taken everything from us. Authority --
everywhere I turned. Just as he and I
once thought we were authorities over
our own lives, our work,
our sense of
mortality, imagination -- oh, and that
"sense of loss" that predicated everything --
you know, what we called our "personal lives".