She removed all the shades
and placed all the lamps on the floor
and it changed the room.
Shadows rose instead of fell
and our faces looked startled and alert
even though we weren't.
When she took off her shirt
the outline of her nipples spread across her collar bones,
became lines to follow to her mouth,
opened then and illuminated in a new and interesting way.
(Originally published in Basura, Boulder, CO, 11 October 93)