An Authentic Spiritual Experience

We know morning will come
and deliver our end
but still, we enter the room
with a key that resembles a credit card
and there, in the middle
is a single bed
like the nucleus of an atom
where we will make a payment
to each other’s body
in exchange for a memory of sensation
which will last longer
than the way you smell tonight of cinnamon
or the way I taste after the few sips of wine
which can’t be blamed
for bringing us here after we won the debate
on stage in that auditorium
split wide open between followers
of a certain book
and believers in a kind of science
that rejects absolute claims
that the tenderness we are about to share
is somehow immoral or irresponsible
instead of natural, necessary
and profoundly beautiful.


DeMaris Gaunt

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