“Mon Semblable” by Stephen Dunn


Anonymous among strangers
I look for those
with hidden wings,
and for scars

that those who once had wings

can’t hide.

Though I know it’s unfair,

I reveal myself

one mask at a time.

Does this appeal to you,

such slow disclosures,

a lifetime perhaps

of almost knowing one another?

I would hope you, too,

would hold something back

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