Rehearsals On Yearning

across you
three characters and a stage

a billowing
from your lungs
from your mouth

actor backstage
waiting for his cue
upstaging the onstage

i am your only audience

you are my foreground
and onstage-
an ensemble of weeds

I root them out
throw into periphery
Only you remain

my main character
the story of your face
and a cigarette in one act

I am watching a one man show

across you
another billowing continues
thinning out into smoke

as the menthol whisps
leave your mouth
so shall I enter


on your mouth
on your teeth
on your lungs

to breathe me