We speak carefully without naming body parts. As if the utterance of a word could evoke touch – which would mean hearts racing off in jolty cadences, sweat and altogether too much skin.
We move with hyperawareness of our limbs. The air ripples and reaches with each gesture in phantoms of feeling. I sense the edges of your fingers, I cannot ignore the millimeters of space between our knees.
Your mouth curves down at the edges, when your gummy smile splits at the things I say. I remember your lips. I cannot put them away in a part of me that locks. Your mouth opening against mine –
your tongue slipping in. Put it away. Your mouth on the pulse below my chin. Turning back in your doorway, the dawn light white on your skin. Put it away.
This wanting is something I can keep like a mantra - a bed with you won’t again be a bed for me. Now we drink as strangers or friends who once pressed their bodies against each other’s – but heavy snow covers only blur the edges,