All I wish to do is touch you;
by that I mean touch your
heart in a way that will make you forget all the people who
have reached for your body
when youre leaving class and the teacher gives a last minute assignment
I rely on the warmth of your voice
to illuminate the dark.
— Carole Glasser Langille, from “When You’re Not Here and When You Are,” Late in a Slow Time (Mansfield Press, 2003)