I have been dreaming of her lately
the subtlety of her smile
how light breaks in all directions
and all is well in her presence

how one day her hair is swept into a chignon
and the next
loose about her shoulders

how dark her hair, how black her eyes
how pale her skin—
in motion, with scissors and comb
at the hair salon
how composed

the white swan writes its arabesques
on the still water
gliding to and fro
on the black and silver water

Would I keep this sense of her beauty to myself?
and who would I tell?

When Galileo saw four moons surrounding Jupiter
how could he not tell all the world!

Stuart Dodds


Note: Pen-chan is a Thai name for a woman or girl meaning “full moon”


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