Faces in the mesh: defiance or disdain
remember Paul Nizan?
You thought you were innocent if you said
'I love this woman and I want to live
in accordance with my love'
but you were beggining the revolution
maybe so, maybe not
look at her now
pale lips papery flesh
at your creased belly wrinkled sac
look at the scars
along your ribs across her haunches
look at the collarbone's reverberant line
how in a body can defiance
still embrace its likeness
Adrienne Rich, The School among the Ruins, Norton, 2004.