Poets Walk: "at the ballet"
Location on Poets Walk Map: 48
Touched by Deborah Tall
At the ballet,
a woman sits down beside me,
sticks her hands on my pregnant belly, says,
"How are we tonight?"
Her embarrassed teenage daughter sinks
into the next seat
while you let loose
with a few good thumps.
I don't know why I tell you this-
you seemed to enjoy at least the music
and you'll soon meet many faces like that woman's
coming at you uninvited.
But I want you to know
how sad it made me-
this first time you were touched by someone
who wasn't going to love you.
Deborah Tall, "Touched" from Summons. Copyright © 2000 by Deborah Tall. Used by permission of Sarabande Books, www.sarabandebooks.org