by Marge Piercy
When we are going toward someone we say
you are just like me
your thoughts are my brothers and sisters
word matches word
how easy to be together.
When we are leaving someone we say
hot strange you are
we cannot communicate
we can never agree
how hard, hard and weary to be together.
We are not different nor alike
but each strange in our leather bodies
sealed in skin and reaching out clumsy hands
and loving is an act
that cannot outlive
the open hand
the open eye
the door in the chest standing open.