Stage Is Set

The lights are up
   on us
 and you're already off
   speaking your first line
with such damned clarity.
   I return my own
 and we begin our familiar volley.
But soon the scene is closing
 and your lips
    which moments before
    had spoken dialogue
 graze upon mine
   and fall away.
The lights go down;
  I am alone
 with the impression of your kiss.