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my head cradled against your chest
your heartbeats thump like
waves against the hull of a night-stalled ship
in which i lay quiescent
but not sleeping

which is why as
you bend in with a kiss i feel you more

(yes more the way a whisper in church is a shout)

and when then
so softly your eyelashes brush across my cheek
it burns

and then when
your lips cool breeze on my still-slick skin
soothe the flames into quiet bliss then
then I say

put your arms around me
you are my elemental

you say