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The Wedding Photograph Over Our Bed

Gary Hyland
From:   Vintage 99. Ronsdale Press, 2000


For Sharon, November 1, 1999.

In half-light, I see the photograph
in the mirror: white dress and hat
encasing shadows on your face,

me nearly invisible in black suit,
a wing of white collar at my throat,
a retrospective flutter in my heart.

Each of our heads leans to each
as if teased with an urge to touch,
faces bronze like candlelit coins.

By light’s sorcery we change sides.
I transpose left. You move right.
Our clasped hands reverse grips.

We’ve learned to make this trade
look easy, our occult science
defying space to take the other’s place.



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