Love brought these readers into the world
The cuplike structures
of their eyes were formed
inherited color, and love
and argument must be conducted differently now
that the sounds through the wall
are interpreted, and a gentle

relentless pressure has been placed
on the page. I paid someone to care for them so I 
could pattern these vowels and one
is eight and asking me each
night to read what I’ve made
in what they call my office
I am afraid