Nightswimming

Our limbs lie in the dark
Moon-yellowed.
Armies of rain
Batter my window
But entwined with you
I hear only breathing.

Open up your sea to me.
Let me swim in you and rub your salt on my wounds.
Your shy fish rush back to the rocks.
I hope they’ll get used to me
Come out and kiss my skin if I stay still enough.
As you breathe so the seaweed breathes with you
And I am rocked in your gentle tide.
Touching nothing.
Only wishing to see.

I cast a shadow on your reef
And cannot linger.
I do not wish your fish to die
Nor your corals wilt.
I’ll float to the surface.

You are an ocean
Not yet named.
I touch your sleeping face.

 

 

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