all of us hunched
before flickering half-lives
we clutch in our palms,
bent to the small light like plants
bent to frigid, filtering windows.
I, too, finger the cool, slick surfaces,
slide screens open and open,
meaning to work, but, easy as a twitch,
reach the couple and enter
their bright space with my digital eye
that can find anything. She is so naked.
Even the hair on her privates
has been removed, as privacy itself
has been stripped.
I watch him lick
where she’s been waxed
and turn her,
spread her for the camera.
I peer into the little darkness
her flesh holds,
thinking how a person can’t stop herself,
how the body swells, helpless,
no matter the cold.
FRANCESCA BELL’s poetry appears in many journals, including New Ohio Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, and Zone 3. She has been nominated eight times for the Pushcart Prize and once for Best of the Net. She won the 2014 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle.