XXVIII (Eclipse Dream)
I find myself bundled in your arms
On a clear, cold, beautiful shore.
You ask me if I understand why
You’ve brought me to the water’s edge,
And if I would step into the waves.
You wear a ring on your left hand
and shades of turquoise in your eyes.
I have loved you from the moment I saw you,
Since before I remember you, I’ve seen you.
You’ve called to me from every corner, every height,
And I have listened, amazed and bemused,
Full of shouting and dancing, songs and tears.
Surely, after all we’ve been through, you know.
I will follow you until there is nowhere else to go.
Are You Certain?
Your mouth is a magnet, and your eyes are flames,
and your voice is a wind between in the stars.
You would not ask me to sit in a silent room
And kiss you through my tears, dreaming in solitude
until the hours of my life are done.
You have moved through my weak and tired body
and my electric shouting brain,
soothing edges, sparking nerves,
and worshiping the clay that holds me together.
I’ve seen your wings, and you have shown me mine.
My bones shout Yes, Yes, Please, Yes, but
my eyes close, and I listen to the water.
I hesitate; I savor the moment before the plunge.
This is not a baptism, but a wedding.
You are not asking me to step in over my head.
We will walk a path that you cut,
And your hand will settle at the small of my back,
guiding me, lifting me, caressing me.
I open my eyes and say
Your smile is brighter than the sun.
We strip to our underwear and run into the surf
Shouting like children, laughing,
Singing mindless songs, soaked to the bone,
Wild with sun and sea and grit and sticky cloth and kisses.
I rub my hands briskly over your pale body in the salt cold,
Irreverently familiar with you, now;
We both grin with our chattering teeth.
I wear a ring on my left hand,
and shades of new life in my eyes.