Marianne Shaneen

The Peekaboo Theory

in refusing to be yours, each face I cast my eyes upon
exists as ocular evidence of your absence, thus signs of you
appear everywhere: the eye tolerates no gaps in its field of

the simultaneous cooperative seeing of both eyes makes it
impossible for a point to be projected onto both blind spots
at the same time, preventing a hole in the visual field;

in our being apart we are behaving like two eyes, but in a
kind of reversal: it is precisely through this aperture of
your vacancy that you are most clearly coming into view

as no one is allowed to look upon g-d's face, you and I as
beloveds turn our faces away from each other so that we may
each become the other's worshipper