The Standoff

You stand across the room,
How many steps away?
A wall of glass, a heart of clay,
Now who’s afraid of whom?
You stand across the room.

I reach a timid hand,
And bruise it on the glass,
A slender crack appears – alas –
A new line in the sand.
I reach a timid hand.

You double-glaze the pane,
To reinforce the wall,
A step aside, you’re in the hall,
Your safety to regain.
You double-glaze the pane.

I stand, rebuffed, in place,
A cardboard silhouette,
No breath, no life, a statuette,
A mask over my face.
I stand, rebuffed, in place.

Your heart of clay intact,
You’ve pinned me for all time,
Forever frozen, caught in rhyme,
An expert’s bloodless act.
Your heart of clay intact.

© 1997, renewed 2012 RC deWinter

Hear me read this poem.

The Standoff

RC deWinter

Fairfield, United States

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