Glass (May 8)

Wraps up, conceals, sequesters a hundred private worlds
in cellophane birdcages whose silent screens
project and magnify startled occupants:
accidental recruits for daybreak pantomimes.

Divides and shatters all with raging force:
a humourless warrior cleaving foes
in twain with pitiless, guillotine edge
enforcing the final separation

of these hands, our touch untouching
across your crystalline surface
where we remain milimetre-close,
never daring to break your reflection.

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