E-Mail with Variables • James B. Nicola

This is an X
an electronic X
but it too stands for more.

Just as this O—
you surely know
what X and O are for.

From here, they’re all
that I can give,
given the miles and lives.

But if you save
the X and print
it out—enlarge it first—

you can, if you wish,
place it on your lips,
cheek, forehead, anywhere.

And if a cheek
got wet a bit
it would be from the part of me that's there.


James B. Nicola's full-length collection, “Manhattan Plaza,”
will be out this summer.