Shadow Puppet

by ...

Carmine Starnino

 

Thumb and fingers
add up to a dog
and pony show.

Whatever I throw
at the bedroom wall,
whatever comes

to hand, printed
with the ink of the hour
above the neck

of the wrist. The point
is to make a face
from a fist,

a four-limbed beast,
or a night-light
archaeopteryx take flight.

The point is to make
something
from the laying on

of nothing, then wait
for the shriek
of my little girl’s laughter

at the shapes I cast
at the other me,
the mirror side man

signaling back,
his cropped outline
bereaved of his body.

I square
my palm against
the space around it,

place the darkest
version of myself
centre-stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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