Movietone Poem

Sometimes I see you at the movies

you are the flowerhat in front of me
the pointed flashlight
the usher carries in his teeth 

sometimes you sit in my lap
like popcorn
and we whisper dryly together

I never see you leave
I imagine you there afterwards
asleep among the candywrappers

From Flying Fish and Other Poems, Exile Editions, 1996.