Parallel (Paralyzed) Lives

Cooking naked:
Seasoning salmon fillets
with sensuous overture—
olive oil, oregano,
lemon juice, black pepper;
I shave the asparagus stalks,
she tosses salad.
Dancing as one, we
revel in soft gazes, urgent touches,
tongues respond with bluesy kisses,
sounds in our throats as
sighs cross desires.
At dawn our music ceases.

Daniel R. Schwarz is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. He is the author of numerous books and has published poems in journals throughout the world.