Heart thumping in my fumbling body young
To make good sense of things to come
May be one hardship unanswerable by tongue.
The search has stopped that once yearned for remedies
For the distance between his eyes and mine.
That great expanse, draped with strings of memories,
That with love and longing do intertwine.
Clocks will tick.
The dust will settle around us
The air will thicken with the stuff
Until I am a smudge in his line of sight
And that will be enough.
I did a flip off a sandbar
Into the sea.
Forwards, then backwards,
Both were scary to me.
I would run up
To the edge, where the water got deep
then turn away just as quickly,
Avoiding the leap.
My body wouldn’t listen
To what my brain said to do!
Jump, tuck, spin, splash!
But then I thought of you.
The fluidity with which
You do all you dare
Cleared my thoughts, and with that,
I flipped in the air.
When what movements mortals make
Are next to none,
When what sounds escape forsake
The unsung truth,
When error muddies the sun
But not your youth,
Move them with your love so sweet.
Believe without retreat.
She was silent.
He was still.
Skies played melodies of flame over their heads,
Hair so close to being singed.
And with the nights came a swirl of reds
Soaked in the earth’s secrets unhinged.
They never looked up to see-
Never saw what could be.
Just shy of flashpoint-
Roaring flames and dull crowns-
Will I whisper in your ear?
Feel your calloused hand in mine?
Will we charm the passerby?
Will my eyes draw your outline?
When I look at you
Will I know
What your arms feel like around me,
Your voice an embrace, musical and low?
Like all our lives are for each other
So devoted, so content
One lifetime, plus another,
Is this how our love’ll be spent?
Changing only in color
Your steady eyes gaze at me.
Will I someday look back and tell you,
What I’m sure you already see?
I care for you, my darling friend
And wonder what could be
If we each took one step closer
To dance more intimately.
Am I to just stand here
As my heart is whisked away?
Thoughts dissolving into wordless matter
As I think of what to say.
The pitter-patter inside my chest-
I say, it must be false
For there is no doubt at all
That I have given you my pulse.
But pause! Oh wait!
Perhaps it could be true!
That this heart, full of joy and life,
Has been given to me by you.
Your eyes, they tell much more
Than your mouth.
Your slender smiling moving mouth,
Making words out of sounds
Sentences out of words
Thoughts out of sentences.
But your words don’t tell me a thing.
Small talk gibberish is not what holds us in place.
The fire behind your eyes
And mine yours.
The crescendo of heat keeps me with you.
To stray out of this radiating warmth
Would be to step away
We live for.
For we live to be alive.
I know you do. In your eyes, that is what I see.
Oh stranger, what a spark I have found.
What flint we are!
The mesh that holds us together
Time has been like water to the bindings.
Our worlds go on, separately revolving.
Erosion inevitable in the findings.