kathryn l. pringle

[After Schroeter]

the man might be naked
his torso is bending
he is slim and hairy

his hair isn’t bothering me, I’m just noticing
his torso is covered with dark hair

he is muscular

he has the posture of a dancer

he is making moves like he knows how to dance

he is smiling

he has that moustache

that gay moustache

from the 1970s

the women are on stage and the sailors are in love

with each other. one woman is dancing and another woman is holding a sword

in a crouched position. both women are on stage.

do they see each other? the sailors are in love.

they are kissing each other gazing

into the eyes of each other with love. one sailor is the dancer

with the moustache and the hairy torso. the other sailor is less hairy.

but I’m not sure

they are in sailor uniforms, hat and all, and each other’s arms

in the first chairs

in what are representative of the first of many chairs in the first of many rows

before the stage

you can see the woman dancer

she is dancing in the space between their mouths

she is dancing in the space behind their mouths, too

this is a very long scene.

the sailors come together and then, at arm’s length, they part to gaze

they are so happy

it is hard to know if the dancing woman has feelings about love

kathryn l. pringle is the author of fault tree (Omnidawn, 2011), selected by C.D. Wright for Omnidawn's First/Second book award & Lambda Literary Award finalist, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Heretical Texts/Factory School, 2009) & The Stills (Duration Press). Her book, Temper & Felicity are Lovers won the 2013 Besmilr Brigham Award and will be published by Lost Roads Press in 2014. Her work has also been included in the anthologies Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War (WODV Press), I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues), and The Sonnets: Rewriting Shakespeare (Nightboat Books). In 2013, she was the very grateful recipient of a gift from the Fund for Poetry.