A poem by Alison Smith

Alison Smith. Photo by Sandra Alland.

Click here to watch Sandra Alland’s film of Alison Smith performing “Fingers” in British Sign Language. Please watch with the sound turned off (the voice-over is for partially sighted or blind viewers).


fingers i stroke you look

i gasp, tingle

i want, i want, i want

i fear, you don’t

i look, you smile

you kiss, i melt

you kiss, stroke scars on scars

you kiss, stroke skin

you kiss, stroke ears

you kiss, hold close

your kiss, inside


your love

i want, i want, i want