Fading Figures Linger

fading figures roam behind
a washy screen,

they prefer the never really
being seen, to living on
flipside of same
screen.

and the anonymity’s been a
godsend, but god please
send home more
money,

i’m out of rainchecks n’
kleenex boxes but
nose is runny

stringy, like gold-spun yolk into
my eyes, even when sun
ain’t sunny,

figures faintly sketched in
pastel on some flimsy
screen,

and i too prefer the never
really being
seen.

image: https://www.myprojectorlamps.com/blog/make-shadow-puppets-using-projector/

image: https://inventorsoftomorrow.com/2017/01/09/light-and-shadow-experiments-for-kids/

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