and is saying
About this poem
This poem was included in Best Scottish Poems 2005. Best Scottish Poems is an online publication, consisting of 20 poems chosen by a different editor each year, with comments by the editor and poets. It provides a personal overview of a year of Scottish poetry. The editor in 2005 was Richard Price.
Tender, observant, poised.
‘touching your face’ is a poem written for my wife Sonya. The title is meant to have the double meaning ‘about, concerning your face’ and ‘touching’ as in fingering.
When I read the poem aloud at readings I naturally pause between each line. Maybe that is to mimic the delicate action described.
I was thinking of a kind of sacred silence, a sacred place that exists in conjunction.
That’s all I can say about it.