Companion to Listening Faces

Taken from Sam Shepard, Seven Plays, April 1986, Bantam Books, Inc., New York

Listening Faces

When we sat across from each other
in the place where we met
you talked about your nights by the fire

                                                                        face listens

You talked about yourself

                                                                        face listens

When we were lying next to each other
you told me what you wanted to do to me that night
every night

                                                                        face listens

You imagined working at your dream job

                                                                        face listens

You told me secrets of your friend’s wife
Strangers

                                                                        face listens

You introduced me to them

                                                                        face

You played me your favorite music
Bach makes me anxious.

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