How to say without saying

In the old country, women
had a way of kissing each

other in greeting: lips
barely grazing skin, cheeks

lightly grazing cheeks.
I learned how to do this

and other ways of touching
without touching, saying

without opening my mouth:
an eyebrow arch; the body

taut, holding still, a bomb
before the moment it goes off,

the body's shadow a dark
mushroom cloud in perfect

silhouette at noon,
bristling on the sidewalk.

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