I feel the brush of your breath
wild in my ear
like the crash of the ocean
whispering from a shell.
Coiled snake unfurls
spiraling warmth swells,
rising to sink her fiery fangs in my chest.
Head thrust back,
she consumes her own tail
in relentless resurrection.
Swaying in trance,
your hand cradles the small of my back.
our bodies rock in unison,
an intimate choreography
only discovered as it unfolds.
Your presence grounds me,
sparking chispas soothed
like melting wax
we merge, stretching tall and lofty
towering like a gnarled, ancient tree,
rough bark scarred with the blades of past lovers
but our entwined roots sink deep into rich tilled soil,
watered with tears of both sorrow and joy.
But our arms still stretch hopeful
with the possibility of open sky,
I reach tiptoe to taste the softness of your lips.
You surge regal as a mountain.
Raw strength countered by my rushing river,
water smoothing stone.
I cling to you as we teeter on the razor’s edge
a motorcycle, curving through unfamiliar roads,
unrolling, endlessly before us.
I reach out to touch life as it rushes by, exhilarated.
Both terrified and exquisitely alive.
Exhausted, I close my eyes
and let the silence swallow us
and we dissolve into the rhythm of the earth’s heartbeat.
Placing our open, pleading palms on the trembling ground.
Praying for just a little more time to travel in each other’s arms.