I Still Use You

Every time, I use you— the memory of your face, your body, the way you felt inside me— I use the template we cut from our encounters to turn my hands into your hands— to feel what no one else has since felt. I close my eyes so I can see you above me smilingContinue reading “I Still Use You”

Enemy of the Dog

I heard myself whisper I hate that dog out loud in the empty kitchen— just me washing the dishes looking out the window watching my neighbor yank on the leash to keep the bloodhound near— the bloodhound I am certain will get loose one day and attack me or my son or kill one ofContinue reading “Enemy of the Dog”

You Wonder

You wonder if you’ve ever been imagined into someone’s day someone’s life someone’s fantasy— have you ever been wished onto a plane or into the woods or into a warm bed on a winter night for a connection that had nothing to do with sex and everything to do with love— and you wonder ifContinue reading “You Wonder”

No Right

A man and a woman have no right to fall to feel to fantasize about each other or about a life outside their bedroom even if the bed they go home to is empty or on the floor or otherwise unoccupied by heat as long as this man and this woman have somehow committed theContinue reading “No Right”

Winter Daydream

My mind likes to wander into your territory sometimes and make believe it’s me in her place holding your hand on the beach or laying next to you in the night listening to the mottled owl screech its warning not to get too close— so I keep my distance even though I can remember yourContinue reading “Winter Daydream”


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 handsContinue reading “Burn”


Nothing is what I feared we’d be left with if we didn’t wait— if we spent each other like dimes at a candy store— and here we are with the wrappers scattered on the floor and my stomach starting to hurt because I knew when to stop but I didn’t want to.      Continue reading “Empty”

Below Zero

Today is white cold below zero and you are on the verge again of driving away with your whereabouts unknown into the bright afternoon where you could easily find yourself in a ditch full of snowflakes that are beautiful like that boy who has warmed your heart— but one touch from you and the meltingContinue reading “Below Zero”

What If

What if you and what if I could wander mountains that touched the sky? Would you take my hand if I offered you my unconditional fortitude? I’d keep up with you as best I could in the depths of the forest deep in the woods. I might even beat you to the white mountaintop whereContinue reading “What If”