Proper Pairs

Proper Pairs

Most of the time

you see proper pairs

walking near each other on the streets

or at the art museum

or entering the movie theatre hand in hand—

their degree of beauty

in the ballpark of the other—

beauty seeking beauty

and homely seeking a compatible face.


How fascinating it is, on occasion,

to see the balance so tipped—

one so striking and the other striking out

in what must be, you guess,

their only deficiency.


The triumph is beneath the skin—

some transcendent pulse

beating out a code of distraction—

“look here,” it says,

coming from an illuminated place

close to the core

where everything is imagined anyway,

and in this language

it has convinced another heart

to become blind to everything

but love.



DeMaris Gaunt



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