A means of support,
something to build
upon. Symmetry
of seeming
opposites. The sound
of pleasure, wordless,
emanating from
the throat.

A ring. Archetype
of devotion,
endlessness, balance,
love—but wait,
a hitch? Silence.

An arm reaching
down, shortening
with time,
resentment, and
a noise like surprise.
Or shame.

A ladder, broken.
Reached for too late.
Or else an arm
turning away,
the air drawn out
with understanding.

A step up, away
from an idea,
reassuring, but
unsustainable. Mouth
full as it says No.