I am for the roadside rather than the road.
I am for the one who announces
rather than the one who is announced.
In the middle of a ballet, I am the fly
rubbing its hind legs together
on the collar of a coat.
I am a friend to those who curse
when they’re happy
& sing when they’re sad.
And when someone places a hand
like a hot iron on some starched bible,
I am with those who blush
& stare at their feet.