Winter 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 1 Poetry |

The Pictures

It was winter where you were, though you don't remember that. There were no windows in her basement, no glare of sunshine or snow. I only know the season because in one of the pictures in the stack of Polaroids on your desk, there is a small Christmas tree tucked underneath a table behind your legs. It is circled with silver and gold tinsel, punctuated by blobs of metallic color I take to be decorations. What would she have hung on her tree? Your figure photographed from the rear is almost girlish, except for the shoulders. The back slopes severely inward to a narrow waist, like an inverted triangle. The buttocks are tight and round and a little hairy, and the legs taper long and sinewy to the feet. Your ponytail has grown. You gather it loosely at the base of your neck with two elastic bands threaded silver; the hair falls generously to the middle of your back, spreading outwards to the peaks of your shoulder blades. Are you happy? You say she came to the door that

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