I slept in tears – Loved against all my sorrows
Held & warmed by Someone who owes me nothing
(But a slap upside my head)
If the mourning is over, let the revels begin!
Let my hands hold secrets to universes
My eyes be kissed
Our tongues entwine
For all my shrilling fears tripping alarms
I will put away now
To let you bring them outside
For the wind to whistle away.
Thank you is never enough in true gratitude
Blessing lays thick with love, balm for the broken heart
I have Much to mend & more to make holy
In the doing of deeds.
My only gifts may be words to bridge the darkness
Yet these I do have & in plenty…
‘Come unto me when
I breathe your name’
Last night too soon, too sad, too uncertain
Too full of truth that first clears the way
For us to part from parting.
I had to dissolve the wounds of dissection
Bring in the soothe of belief
Mop up the bloody departure.
Rediscover with new eyes
You will not disappear or disappoint
I would not be rushed the savor of forgiveness
Of your kisses, the tips of your fingers
Your offer of skin to skin too raw in that moment to accept.
You teach me to learn again
You are the place where yearning may rest awhile
Where “love me” dissolves in the mist of Holy Joy.
It is said the man chooses the woman – but, well,
I did steal that kiss for no reason other than your lips backstage
I did offer my perfumed presence in an unbuttoned shirt you could not refuse
I did fit myself too closely over coffee, cup after cup just so as not to part.
I love your energy, warm & welcome, the season of cold undone.
I love your christening touch, your murmurs which I do not hear
But always understand.
I surrender pretension of holding ground against
Of beating back your small demands:
Only gentle me with a kiss
Only take me with a touch
Let the sun measure our lengths on golden afternoons
Of heart-centered joy, hostaged to love.
Bonfires on a hill as angels overfly
Land not here! We are our own beloved divinity
But later, with the final moan of breath releasing love
Come then to laugh, to stroke our overheated bodies
With wings of balm & glory!