you were taught to love with your arms
by your sides.
very few acts of affection can be performed
without the hands.
Think of love-making: two bodies,
Nothing good can be made like this
But that does not stop the body from making.
If there is a chid, you will first see the ways
in which it is lacking through the holes in yourself.
If will grow into the failures you have provided,
as children grow into all hand-me-downs.
The gaps in it will form this way. The same
as cloth tears when pulled too tight.
If there is no child, you will try again.
Arms by your sides, hands clasped
behind your back, as if inspecting something behind glass.