The shaven rinds of lemon   we squeeze and stir      into our espresso,
The snowfall   of sugar across berries,      custard and crust—
Some last delights   among which it is easy to dream      that my fingers unbraiding
Your hair by the nightstand   conceal no repercussion,      that the sweep of my palm
Across your navel   harbors no future grief.      The halved melon smells good
To us—   we are rinsing      the reek of espresso beans
From our hands,   we are soaking cake      in Kahlúa, and later
We will wash that too   out of the glass dish      and the feast
Will be wiped from the table   and done with.      And because everything is
This brevity,   the sound of the fork set down on      the empty plate at last,
Your finger’s trace   through the devoured      pastry’s leftover cream
Signaling the end   of desire, there is a place      in the unlit bedroom,
There by the closed and curtained window,   where we’ll take each other      into the dark.
—Gianmarc Manzione, “This Brevity”Photography Credit Nadav Kander

The shaven rinds of lemon
   we squeeze and stir
      into our espresso,

The snowfall
   of sugar across berries,
      custard and crust—

Some last delights
   among which it is easy to dream
      that my fingers unbraiding

Your hair by the nightstand
   conceal no repercussion,
      that the sweep of my palm

Across your navel
   harbors no future grief.
      The halved melon smells good

To us—
   we are rinsing
      the reek of espresso beans

From our hands,
   we are soaking cake
      in Kahlúa, and later

We will wash that too
   out of the glass dish
      and the feast

Will be wiped from the table
   and done with.
      And because everything is

This brevity,
   the sound of the fork set down on
      the empty plate at last,

Your finger’s trace
   through the devoured
      pastry’s leftover cream

Signaling the end
   of desire, there is a place
      in the unlit bedroom,

There by the closed and curtained window,
   where we’ll take each other
      into the dark.

Gianmarc Manzione, “This Brevity”
Photography Credit Nadav Kander

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