A new poem by Wellington poet Sudha Rao.
Out of love ritual in ten steps
- Don’t let the sunlight or skylight strike your face, but do watch how his hand parts the curtain.
- Move your body to the cool part of the bed just so he can see your hips rise under the bed sheet.
- When you open your eyes, make sure they are slanted to the ground, so he cannot see last night’s black shadow.
- Take yourself to him but only when he can no longer stand.
- Keep yourself but open your mouth to say, sometimes.
- When he turns to you, stay where you are, don’t move away, stay where you are, stay where, stay.
- No turning has ever reaped a reward. But you may want to think about it – for your lips to move to say, now what, with your eyes slant.
- You may invite him to say now what and he might say I don’t know or he might say, with his eyes looking you slant, in a little while.
- So, now turn your body and say, in a little while what.
- In a little while, he says nothing.
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