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Talking in the Dark
Talking in the dark can be a way to begin
falling in love or becoming friends
again after a difficult day
in summer when late light walks away,
when the kitchen knives splayed on the table
hold galaxies that remind us to be playful
despite the sharp edges that the sun showed us.
Paired in the dark, in passion, night knows us
in ways we don’t know ourselves.
Something in us — coded into our cells? —
goes back to the time of sleeping in caves
when words were made to be believed,
where the walls were painted for dreams, for magic,
for hunts with spears, daggers, and hatchets.
The people on the walls are working together.
They have no anger. They have only hunger.
— Paul Jones
Paul Jones’ most recent book is Something Wonderful.