Tag Archives: sensuality

No One Else

I feel
your
warm hand
over mine
on our way
to those places
either one of us
could go
with someone else
and we could
enjoy
the flowers
and the river
and the woods
with
another body
beside us
but
there isn’t
another
set of hands
that
could
elevate
my body
into
the clouds
after the sun
goes down.

 

 

 

 

DeMaris
7-9-17

“The Lovers in the Poet’s Garden IV” by Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Divided

I want too much
again
after I thought
I’d convinced myself
to enjoy
whatever
leftovers
he gives me
which is all he can give
because he’s giving
to her too
and why should I
want more
than his love
which he promised
is mine
even though
she gets his bed
and his time
and his considerate lies
to keep her heart
from breaking
the way mine
is breaking
because
I know
what she doesn’t know—
that neither of us
will ever have him
whole.

 

 

 

 

DeMaris
5-20-17

In the Night

 

The night
used to be
a bridge
I crossed
blindfolded
and fearless
knowing
the sun
would soon
return
to its usual
state of
illumination
but since
I know
how your
body fits
so perfectly
into mine
the night
is empty
without you
and so large
I am lost
and afraid
you were
only a light
inside
my dream.

 

 

 

DeMaris
2-3-17

“The Fisherman and the Syren” by Frederic Leighton 1858

 

 

 

 

Burn

I am a third degree burn
after your fingers became flames
that seared a path around my waist—
and we were in a public place
but you found my skin
under my flimsy shirt
and melted me into your arms
just long enough for me to know
for sure—that I will smolder
until my hands can discover your skin
and burn this desire back into you.

 

 

 

DeMaris
12-29-16

The Unfortunate Limits of Language

Words mean almost nothing
compared to the tone of your voice—
which is silent and as flat as your stomach
in that picture of you standing in the water.
If I could hear you speak those words just once
instead of reading them a thousand times
I might know what you meant—
if I could watch the way your body spoke
of the water you were swimming in
I might be able to decode the temperature
of your river – whether it ran hot or cold.

 

 

DeMaris
12-12-16