Evenings I stare into light
and wonder why I do not sleep.
I see the wonderful smoothness
of her sat on a windowsill
The cat which is next to her is
not quite with it. She cradles her
phone like I want to be cradled
she sits and smiles the internet
loves a good smile, and a beauty
is brought which justifies all that,
all the machinery of phones.
As if I could step through the stream
and into the darkened room, run
my fingers across her tattoos
Examine her eyes for weakness.
I imagine it would not be
there. The red new leaves of the oak
hatch from a wooden cocoon, where
ancient flooded mines make a home
for birds. We sit on the lithe bench
near rotten memorial blooms
and your shoulders are bright and smooth.
The real woman and imagined
are feathers of the same warm ghost