To Read in the Dark

If I had four black eyes
I could read in the dark
alone.

But my two eyes
are amber
and their emerald flecks
make reading alone
in the dark
difficult.

I imagine my emerald-flecked amber
lost in your eyes of
warm cognac
and how it would be

your body next to mine
reading by
that flickering light
the warmth and wealth
of our four eyes

every so often
I think I see words
persistently shining
black on black

and my eyes turn
to read alone
in the dark.

If I had four black eyes
I could read alone
in the dark
but I’d really prefer not to.

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