AH (August 25,1961 / Toronto)


In torrid fields redolent of youthful summers
I photographed your nakedness
And let the images smolder into
Impossibility, avoiding the dangers
Of substance.

Under safety light, I watched you materialize-
Fade in from bright white under the influence
Of magical chemicals.
And just as you became recognizable-
I opened the door, flooding the room with light
And darkening everything that wasn't you.

To sculpt you would be too painful,
For I would touch cool stone
(Immobilized) -
Be forced to give shape
To your impossibility

You must be delible
For me to believe you will return.

by Adrian HoadReddick

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