Looking Through the Dark Glass for Louis Johnson
is the person in the next room who won't look you in the eye at dinner
Instead they leave with another person, possibly a loved one.
They go back to god knows where and hold each other tight till dawn.
And then, when you half expect it, they'll return to you,
new, revitalized, somehow feeling much better than you.
is the lover who purports to love you, for at least a moment.
They tell you nothing of much importance and continue to do
what others do best: lie. They often emerge at night, at strange hours,
from the back seats
of cars, movie theatres and bars. They are dressed exquisitely and startle
Yet afterwards in the mornings, admiring your candour, they'll look at
with such surprise, as if you'd just whispered a devotion much greater
than they'd ever imagined.
is the person filled with desire who lusts after another with
such fondness you can only laugh. They move from place to place,
they hope to steal the other's heart. Yet when they finally 'catch up',
they fail to notice how the other is already changing, entering a new
Mark Pirie was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1974. His publications
include the anthology The NeXt Wave (University of Otago Press)
and a book of poems Shoot (Sudden Valley Press, Christchurch).
He is currently writing a monograph on Wellington poet, Louis Johnson
at the University of Otago..