PORTRAITS (first version)

between us
it's all
double or nothing
with him
it's horseplay
always playing with words
me it more real fictitious
I mean
here and elsewhere
cut in half
him on the contrary
full length
me only the head
half of it in darkness
him the head titled to the side
leaning on one hand
me looking blankly ahead
him the light from above
shadowing his obstinacy
me dreamily caught
between pain and laughter
him looking into our eyes
with compassion 
and a touch of cynicism
me staring into the void to be filled
him already receding
into the final soubresauts
me getting ready to jump
into the precipice
there we were
there we are
still playing
double or nothing

Copyright © 1996 Raymond Federman