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Not Touching


The valentine of desire is pasted over my heart

and still we are not touching, like things


In a poorly done still life

where the knife appears to be floating over the plate

which is itself hovering over the table somehow,


the entire arrangement of apple, pear, and wineglass

having forgotten the law of gravity,

refusing to be still,


as if the painter had caught them all

in a rare moment of slow flight

just before they drifted out of the room

through a window of perfectly realistic sunlight.


— Billy Collins


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Taken on April 5, 2008