Narcissus (and Goldmund)

                                                  —After Hermann Hesse 

Softened edges 
create tiny explosions
(of dust) as the pad of your
thumb(ing through the book)
gropes the worn-in
previously hard tips 
(of pages)
in a book exclusively about
(sex)
about
(you and I)
about
(education)
about 
(the importance of art and intellect)
ex(re)clusivity. 

The smell is always old(er)
in comparison to the present moment
where we talk about what
It
means to
Us:
(The importance of art)
and 
(The importance of intellect)
and 
(The importance of sex)
and
yet the smell still thrusts itself into our minds
Making importance seem less important. 



—S.Y. Choung