Conjunctions:21 The Credos Issue

She and I
She is dozing naked upstairs now and the 
morning light is falling here on my hands. 
There is no sound but the slip of my breath 
and in this silence, my skin ravished by 
the memory of her touch, I take up my pen 
and I begin to write.

In addition to his thirteen novels, Robert Olen Butler has published six short story collections, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Grove Press) won the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.