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Short poem

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)

I Want You to See

              1I want you to see the hole in my shirt where your
              2heart went through like a Colt 45, and opened
              3a dream at the back of the neck. Here, let me unbutton it for you.
              4Notice the ribs, those sweet things you loved, notice the insides,
              5the parchment lampshades, the books, the furniture. Notice yourself
              6sitting, holding my hand on a winter night, notice the look in
              7my eyes, now close it all up and walk away.

              8Stumble, pretend you're dead. Just for me, pretend you can be
              9hurt by something so simple as a failed emotion. Pretend you have seen
            10loss. For god's sake what was I holding when you said good morning.


2] Colt 45: a World War I pistol.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 1984
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Women We Never See Again (Ottawa: Borealis Press, 1984): 11.
First publication date: 1984
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10

Rhyme: unrhyming

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