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moon above and streets below

this hand will always be here for you to hold

when i take black and white photos
it always ends up black —
my finger’s shadow is never white
except when it is gone

and it isn’t because my hands are shaky
(although i’d never be a surgeon)
i just feel as if i am cheating
not capturing your face with my hands

as if the only true way
is to sketch you and sketch you and sketch you
until my fingers know
all your shadows and smudges
and all your hard lines and blank spaces