Sweet friction has worn our skins away,
And left us nerve to nerve exposed.
You reach for me and I see the panic in your face,
The eyes that say you're falling, and beg me to catch you, hold you,
Never let you go.
You dissolve, disappear, throw yourself away for me,
Cling to me and shudder.
You hide your face but I want to see
Just who you are when we're one and the same.
* * *
At twenty thousand feet the windows are streaked with rain.
Below us, the lights of the city are a misty web.
I look for her house, impossible to find, one light in a million,
The lamp in the window. Left on for me.
There are currents in the night.
Invisible cables, streaming with power,
Unknown, invisible, conduits of magic.
I feel the wheels of mystery turning in the dark and rainy sky,
The smooth sigh of the universe turning.
* * *
She stands up and puts out the candle.
Gathers up the cards, puts her cup in the sink.
The tarot has told her I'll be there safely.
She smiles to herself. It's time for bed.
One last look at the rainy night,
At those currents of power that bind me to her.
Invisible currents she plays like harp strings,
Searching the darkness for news of me.
Here are the Lovers and here the Chariot.
The Nine of Cups—a surfeit of pleasure.
The cards are like secrets she keeps in her body,
Her understanding's instinctive. I can't comprehend.
* * *
Her bed is warm after the wet of the night.
She barely stirs until, feeling my weight,
She brings herself to me, sharing her heat.
Her legs shyly part. She's there if I need her.
And I do, I do. So very much--helpless.
Around me, about me, within and without.
Chase the night from my bones; where I live, remind me.
My tender touch turns brutal with need.
* * *
Brutal with need. I push like an animal
While on top my kisses are soft and shaking with tears.
"I can't last," I tell her. "I can't. It’s too much."
She touches my face: "Then come."
Oh, she meets me there, somehow,
In the place where we have no bodies or faces,
Nothing but that naked power between us.
Astonishment in her eyes as she gives herself up,
Conquers me with her surrender,
And shudders to me, bone against bone.