he grabbed me by the shoulders.
(I will not capitalize he)
by the shoulders, by the shoulders, by the shoulders.
he shook me.
(I will not capitalize he. he is not proper.)
I shook, I shook, I shook.
Everyone else, with their baby smiles and two-bit prayers,
pilling red cardigans,
their fraying ropes and decades and clanking machinery
their screaming shadows;
they twinkled in the suffocating gold dust of the evening.
he shook and