No one could tell us how we ended up here. The definition of glass is obvious. It’s glass.
And we were‚ like‚ right inside it. A glass arm that had our arms inside. A Glass hip. 
Glass pupils to keep in our eyes.
It was thin glass. There was glass inside your knees. I was looking at you like‚ Be careful! 
We had nothing to say. Or breathe even.

I would say we were intimate.
The video of a glass body‚ alone on a beach. Then another glass body enters the frame. That was you. 
It almost seems like they’re going to make love.
But it’s just they were trying not to hear each other. 

I’m pretty good at being a liar.
I drew a house. It was glass. And apparently‚ we’re inside. 
I drew comfortable bedroom furniture. I drew an ink stain on the dresser.
If it was all glass‚ you would think it was just air. Circulating air.

I want to put you inside a cage. 
I want to walk away‚ and then wait for you to figure out I left everything open.
Trust is best suffered through an unpredictable distance.

The city is unhealthy in general. We can see that. We knew that.
It’s all glass. We live in glass‚ within a glass house‚ within a glass bestiary. 
There’s nowhere to look but inside‚ and it’s crowded. 
Glass set on top of another glass object. 
Glass rubbing together their glass parts without anyone watching.
All to say‚ I think I can see you while I make love. You’re supposed to be suffocating.


This poem is part of BR’s special package celebrating National Poetry Month.