The day you told me, I slipped it off.

Now it blends with the brass
of the base of the lamp:
a golden eye frozen in surprise,
a mouth wide with wonder.

The white circlet on my finger
now tans and expands
from the too-tight band
so that only the closest observer
might notice the fine polish
of fourteen years of subtle smoothing.



© 2002 Homer Christensen

Homer Christensen has won awards for his technical writing, instructional design, and document design and layout, working for such companies as Aldus, Active Voice, Macromedia, and Microsoft. He is also a poet and the proprietor of Ars Longa, an Internet gallery representing a wide variety of artists and photographers. Contact him at homerc[AT]arslonga.com (replace [AT] with @).