Claustrophilia

By Alice Fulton

It’s just me throwing myself at you,
romance as usual, us times us,
 
not lust but moxibustion,
a substance burning close
 
to the body as possible
without risk of immolation.
 
Nearness without contact
causes numbness. Analgesia.
 
Pins and needles. As the snugness
of the surgeon’s glove causes hand fatigue.
 
At least this procedure
requires no swag or goody bags,
 
stuff bestowed upon the stars
at their luxe functions.
 
There’s no dress code,
though leg irons
 
are always appropriate.
And if anyone says what the hell
 
are you wearing in Esperanto
Kion diable vi portas?—
 
tell them anguish
is the universal language.
 
Stars turn to trainwrecks
and my heart goes out
 
admirers gush. Ground to a velvet!
But never mind the downside,
 
mon semblable, mon crush.
Love is just the retaliation of light.
 
It is so profligate, you know,
so rich with rush.