Even Strangers are Not Strangers
Winter’s early evening, and I pull two duvets like clouds 
of moonlight above our shoulders. Our bodies fall into formation. 
Even the lamps are spellbound. I’ve said a hundred prayers 
to her knees, and now, I’m at work beating drums for our future, 
making a ceremony of my dark, firm hands.  
Outside, thick skeins of black branches sway woozily. 
I’m thinking of the last orange red apple I bit into, thorn bushes, 
and wooden scented vineyards in Sardinia, charms beneath 
fingernails. What color is that cry trickling from her mouth? 
In our sacred grove, we leave melodies singing on each other’s skin.
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