Wondering Who to Play For

You glance at the head mirror
and turn away. His stethoscope
is also more powerful than you.

Between your legs, an egress
with a prisoner’s bulbous eyes
escapes before end of term.

Toes fall in its mouth. You look
to the cleanest corner and curl.
If you had a handkerchief,

you’d wave it to stop this
motherliness. But the eyes
are so human. They’ve never seen

paper or a waiver signature.
They read the room like a lounge
singer on a Wednesday afternoon –

Tom Holmes is the founding editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013, as well as four chapbooks. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break. Follow him on Twitter: @TheLineBreak

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