Orlando White


On the page, a man the size of a letter
wears a white necktie and a dark suit.
Next to him, a woman the size of a letter, too;
she wears a white scarf and a black gown.

Not a punctuation sign but a mark
of accentuation written between two lovers.
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He says, “I am a single bone under the skin of a letter.”
She says, “I too, am a letter, but I have a curved hipbone.”
See them on the white bed of a page, how they hyphenate,
how they will create language together.

Orlando White
“Analogy” is from Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009).