taxi

i watched the rain
collect on the trim of the taxi window
not cold enough for snow
but much too brittle to enjoy
and somehow, you warmed the moments
all smiles and big city energy
ready for the view
like i’m ready for you
to find me
under the cloud cover
to tell me
maybe it will be ok”
to see me
as i am
and still
stand beside me

February 8, 2022

petal

notice the single petal
of a flower pulled
from the patch near
the cloud shaped stones
we found it
pointing at the
saltwater sentience
it is alive”
we muttered beneath
each fragrant breath
all the air in our lungs
drug over this one
remaining
petal

and if you agree
we get to have that
most alive thing between us
the breathing, heavy, real connection
truth and greed
i’ll take you when i need you
you can have me always
all ways
now

it was there for us
singularly
under the old tree
a representation of everything
possible

January 29, 2022

vow

when i close my eyes
i see you in the darkness
how the muscles
gently shift your skin
when you try not to smile
how your hair
grabs hold of everything
with any subtle movement

i see your joy
when i arrive with flowers
and your contentment
when we have an evening ahead
with nothing but time to talk
i see your excitement
as we’re planning a trip
to the city or the country
or anywhere in between
and i see you fidget
when you’ve been sitting still
for far too long

at times i see your sadness
when the loneliness creeps in
or the ones you love
aren’t so loving in return
and i see your strength
in consistency and discipline
in each step forward
when you’re overwhelmed with grief

when i close my eyes
i am drowned in gratitude
for having you by my side
the most beautiful woman
i’ve ever known
i am always afraid i’m dreaming
in awe that we found each other
at the right moment
in the perfect light

i constantly think
of our first conversation
with such amazement
feeling the connection
we stumbled upon
and work so hard
each day to build

when i close my eyes
and confront the me no one else can see
i have a clean conscience
inside, i am an infinite well of love
and there is no one but you
i will allow in

enter through the back gate
near the garden with the winter greens

there, we choose each other
a knee to the ground
will you have me?
a ring on your finger
and whispers of forever

everyone is paused
expecting answers
when answers are all we’re missing
their eyes follow us
eerie paintings in the hall

i’ll grab the cloak
you grab the dagger
run with me
into the receding tide
only when we’re alone
do the answers find us
gliding on the currents
bubbling up from the deep
swelling our lungs
until the words emerge

i do”

but they’re seen
more than spoken
felt more than heard

we are authors at the typewriter
our story, still arcing

when we close our eyes
we see each other in the darkness

January 18, 2022

chosen

just before the morning light
i wake to be near you
peaceful, under blankets
your breath, rhythmic
radiating warmth

the slight silhouette
of your gentle curves
against the almost dawn
shakes me to reality
here, by you

you smile when you sleep
i like to imagine you’re dreaming of us
off in some distant future
arm in arm, seeing a new city
watching people as we go

but for now, i’ll savor you here
body next to body
soul beside soul
my best friend
my only lover
the one i’ve chosen
the one i’ll choose
the one who’s chosen me

January 2, 2022

magic

i want to be closer
than physics allows
let’s break the laws of science
with the magic of love

December 17, 2021

between gasps

there is space, still
in the air i breathe
if you want inside
slip in, between gasps
ride down, among particles
inhabit me
become me

there is space, still
in the air i breathe

December 17, 2021