Red Eye Effect

A camera used to record us
but it no longer holds your image
or mine
just the negatives remain
black and white points of view
that my inherent sensitivity
refuses to filter
or bathe in new light
the focal point 
was a shallow depth of field
and too many forced changes in the exposure
captured isolated subjects
which diffracted

We are stored now electronically

imperfections registered
red eye effect
left unaddressed


Guest Soap

I left with creased clothes
the scent of guest soap
still on my hands
and the memory of your body
weighing me down
pilling the fabric between us
fastening me resolutely
to the past
I imagine you went home
to recline on your fear of commitment
and unwind
in the outline
we’d left behind