The Internal Affair
Their face need not be wholly beautiful.
An unexpected smile is enough
to ignite this startling daydream.
And because their body,
possibly flawed with imperfections,
is navigable only in your mind,
a new one can be created.
Surely yours, too, has been improved
without your knowing;
A scar removed, a bruise erased,
lifted and smoothed.
But before you close your eyes
and step away from your happy life
to imagine some parallel existence with this stranger,
some single detail must have drifted below the surface
of your stagnant waters
like a swallowed baited hook.
Just one mundane thing you have in common
is significant enough to push you up the stairs to your private attic
where you will stretch to reach your highest shelf
to remove a handful of unfulfilled wishes
which you will scatter like confetti
into one of your many vacant rooms.