From Love at First Sight:

Love at First Sight

It was a novelty store and I went in just for the novelty of it. She was in front of the counter, listening to the old proprietor say: “I have here one of those illusion paintings, a rare one. You either see a beautiful couple making love, or a skull. They say this one was used by Freud himself on his patients—if at first sight you see the couple, then you’re a lover of life and love. But if you focus on the skull first, you’re closely involved with death, and there’s not much hope for you.”

With that, he unwrapped the painting. She and I hesitated, then looked at the picture, then at each other. We both saw the skull. And have been together ever since.


after you said
you were leaving,
I took off the ring
I’d been wearing for years
and put it away
to see if I could get used to
the feel of nothing
but my own skin